Celebration of Light

Celebration of Light

Today is Diwali in India (pronounced De-Vall-e). It is the largest and most important festival (holiday) in India.

It is similar to christmas for Christians. So for several nights leading up to Diwali and after, fireworks are constantly going off. Everything from small pops to super large cannon like blasts even in to the night. (making it challenging to sleep), but i don’t mind.
Diwali is celebrating spiritual light or Good over evil.

Ummmm….really? Every culture and human being recognizes the need to overcome, defeat and move beyond darkness. I have seen such sweet kindness from resturant workers, shop owners and fellow travelers that I see so much light all around me.

We celebrated last night by gathering with the schools 200 HR and 300 HR yoga teacher training groups and teachers (equaling 60+ people) to release fire lit paper lanterns into the sky. This got to be a little crazy as the lanterns had to fill with hot air before they where released then the wind was taking them every which way.

Tonight we will celebrate by sharing dinner cooked by one of our teachers (for his students) at his apartment. Sweets are a big part of the festivities. Oh Boy!! here we go.


I thought it interesting that the date of Diwali this year was 11/11/15. This morning someone shouted, “It’s 11:11am on 11/11”.

This represents new beginnings, awakenings and opportunities for a fresh start.
What a magical time to be here and see the happiness all around.

Do you celebrate light, your inner light and God’s light within everyone?
If we had a Diwali, How would you celebrate it?

  • Sue
    Posted at 10:14h, 12 November Reply


    I love this. You are beaming with light yourself! What a great opportunity to be there for such a neat festival! I’m sure that this year is India’s brightest and best celebration ever because you are there and you are truly one of the brightest and purest presences of light that exists in this world. I am so grateful to have been blessed by your light and example in my own life and to have been taught by you how to honor and celebrate my own inner light, the light of The Divine in me and to see and honor that same light in all people. Namaste!

    • admin
      Posted at 19:27h, 12 November Reply

      You are such sweet heart. Thanks for those words, your specialty

  • Kristy Scott
    Posted at 10:40h, 12 November Reply

    This is great, Julie. One of my favorite parts of traveling is finding similarities between myself and people of other cultures. Can’t wait for the next post!;)

    • admin
      Posted at 19:29h, 12 November Reply

      THanks for commenting here. Your great. Glad to hear from you.

  • Alaine
    Posted at 17:02h, 12 November Reply

    So beautiful Julie!! There appears to be a value system built throughout their culture that is beyond the separation between us(?) I suppose I celebrate with the simple act of Namaste. This seems to shift our awareness to this light throughout/within everyone. So special to be there at such a magical time!

    • admin
      Posted at 19:32h, 12 November Reply

      Thanks Alaine, How are classes? Subs working out? Alot of people here acuatly say Hari OM more than Namaste. But the same basic meaning.

      • Alaine
        Posted at 18:02h, 14 November Reply

        Classes are fantastic-but we miss you! Subs are rockin’ it :). Hari OM!!

  • Dave
    Posted at 05:49h, 13 November Reply

    You go girl! Glad to hear you’re soaking up the experience! 🙂

    • admin
      Posted at 06:50h, 13 November Reply

      You go girl is right!!! Truly feeling blessed by the good people around me

  • Yoga Life
    Posted at 12:14h, 02 October Reply

    I’m so happy that there were so many bright souls there. Seems like there was a lot of beauty taking place, especially with the lanterns taking off and all. Thanks for the write-up, I enjoyed the read.

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