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Authored onOct 24, 2022
Happy Diwali and Bandi Chorr Divas!
One of India's most popular and important festivals is Diwali, a festival that symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.
This year, Diwali falls on October 24, 2022.The festival gets its name from the clay lamps (deepa) that are lined in a row (avali) during the celebration and symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. Diwali illuminates houses and hearts and spreads the message of friendship and togetherness.
Many people celebrate Diwali in different ways across India and the world. Every region in India has distinctive religious traditions for the festival. Gifts are exchanged, feasts are enjoyed, and friends and family gather to watch fireworks.
Diwali is the day to light the lamp of power, knowledge, and virtues within us.
Bandi Chhor Divas is celebrated by Sikh communities around the world. On this holiday, Sikhs commemorate the story of Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji, who was imprisoned in 1619 at Gwalior Fort. When given the chance to be liberated from prison, the Guru refused to be released without the 52 innocent kings who were imprisoned alongside him. Ultimately, he succeeded at freeing himself and the kings.
Family and friends will gather to pray, feast and light candles at their homes and Gurdwaras as symbols of hope, guidance and freedom. It's an opportunity to reflect on the importance of standing in solidarity with those around us facing injustice, and the importance of serving those in need.
From the GBLIP team to you and your family - Happy Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas!