Many Deepavali festivals have come and gone. Yet the hearts of the vast majority are as dark as the night of the new moon. The house is lit with lamps, but the heart is full of the darkness of ignorance. O man! wake up from the slumber of ignorance.
On the auspicious day of Dhanteras, may you decorate the business premises and make it colourful with traditional motifs of Rangoli designs to welcome the Goddess Luxmi. May you also draw small footprints with rice flour and vermilion powder all over the house and keep the lamps burning all through the night, to indicate Her long-awaited arrival! Happy Dhanteras!
The name ‘Diwali’ or ‘Divali’ is a contraction of ‘Deepavali’ (Sanskrit: दीपावली Dīpāvalī), which translates into “row of lamps”. Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps (dīpa in Sanskrit: दीप) filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. These lamps are kept on during the night and one’s house is cleaned, both done in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. Firecrackers are burst in order to drive away evil spirits. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends. A very happy Deepavali to you and all your family members!