The world joins our Hindu brothers and sisters in celebrating this year’s Deepavali (also known as Diwali) Festival on Sunday (October 30)
This is one of the major festivals in Hinduism and is an official holiday in countries with significant Hindu population like India, Fiji, Guyana, Pakistan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.
Deepavali’s religious significance varies depending on the school of Hindu philosophy, but it generally symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair.
It is a five-day celebration, with the third day marking the main day of festivities. On this occasion, Hindu families from all over the world turn their homes into enclaves of warm golden light as they offer prayers, exchange gifts and share sweet foods with each other.
Celebrating Deepavali with lights is a reminder of the importance of knowledge, self inquiry, self improvement, knowing and seeking the good and the right path.
Deepavali is also a festival of peace. Every year at the international border during the celebration of Deepavali, Indian forces approach Pakistani forces and offer them traditional Indian sweets. The Pakistani soldiers return the gesture of goodwill with an assortment of Pakistani sweets.
As we celebrate the Deepavali Festival, the PSSC family wishes a lasting peace to mankind regardless of belief, race and religion. Let the cocks do the fighting for us.