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Diwali, the Indian Easter

October 25, 2011  by: Paulose  Points: 20   Category: Celebrity    Views: 1644

Diwali is the Festival of Lights celebrated by the Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists in India as well as in other countries. Easter is celebrated by Christians as Festival of Lights, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus.


Today is Diwali. Diwali means 'row of lights'. When I wrote in another site last year that the Indian festival Diwali is Indian Easter, I had an attacking mail saying that Diwali, the Hindu festival, should not be compared to Easter the Christian festival commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is too unfortunate that she could not tolerate the main theme of both of these festivals. Both celebrate the victory of good destroying evil.

Diwali and Easter

Diwali is the Festival of Lights celebrated by the Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists in India as well as in other countries. It commemorates the triumph over the evil which is honored by decoration of lights. Easter is celebrated by the Christians all over he world, commemorating the victory of Jesus over sin and death. The Paschal candle and the candle processions declare that Christ is the Light of the World. New fire and light are created in the beginning of the liturgy on the Paschal Vigil.

Diwali the Festival of Lights

Today's newspapers came out with the heading 'U. S. President Barack Obama celebrated Diwali by lighting the ceremonial lamp at White House amidst chanting of Vedic mantras seeking world peace.' It is good that he has shown a gesture of tolerance at this juncture when the word is threatened by the evil monsters of wars and weapons. The magical and radiant touch of the festival creates an atmosphere of joy and festivity. It is a festival of joy and sharing. This Hindu festival is celebrated in the month of October or November on the New moon day.

Keeping lighted lamps in and around the houses and displaying crackers and fireworks is the symbolism of casting out the encircling darkness. It alls us to caste away all the evil elements in our life and to lead a harmonious and peaceful life.

Easter the Festival of Light

Christians celebrate Easter which commemorates the Resurrection of Lord Jesus on the third day of his death as it was foretold by prophets and himself. On the Easter day, the Christians lit the Paschal candle which stands for Risen Jesus and the congregation holds candles in their hands and celebrates the triumph of Light over Darkness, that is Satan who stands for all evils. Church buildings and surroundings are illuminated with candles and other lights.

Diwali Legends of Victory Over Evil

Diwali is the festival that commemorates Lord Rama's return to his kingdom Ayodhya after completing his fourteen year exile and also the victory over the Demon king Ravana who abducted Sitadevi, beloved wife of Lord Rama.

Another legend about Diwali says about the victory of Lord Krishna over Demon king named Narakasura who had managed to acquire such awesome powers that he began to terrorize the three worlds. When all in the three worlds prayed Lord Krishna to protect them from Narakasura, he fought with the demon. In an encounter the demon was defeated and killed by Lord Krishna.

Festivals of Purification

Both of these festivals call for purification. On Easter vigil, baptisms are given and the Christians are blessed with new holy water. On Deepavali day early morning taking the holy bath, which is a religious ceremony called bath of Ganges, is very important.

The Great Mogul Emperor Akbar Celebrated Diwali

Ayini-Akbari, the life book of Akbar, describes how the great Mogul king celebrated Diwali in his palace and fostered religious tolerance. The Emperor himself lit the first lamp in the center of the hall which was followed by lighting of lamps by all his courtiers in and around the palace.

People share whatever they have and enjoy these days in exchange of gifts. Sweets have an important place in Diwali and Easter eggs and cakes for Easter. It is a sharing of love and extension of friendship. Both of these festivals remind us to lead a righteous life in the path of justice to uplift humanity in a spirit of fraternity casting away all evils.



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