Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Festival of Lights

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Festival of Lights

Illustration © Ananya Madan, age 8.

This is a poem about Diwali or the Festival of Lights, that is celebrated all over India. It starts on Oct. 18 and ends on the 20th. It coincides with the Hindu New Year. Deepawali literally means Rows of Lights. Homes inside and outside are adorned with rows and rows of lights. The symbolism is that the lights dispel both our inner darkness and the darkness that prevails in the world. The lights symbolize enlightenment. Deepawali is celebrated by people of all religions in India.

— Anita Mohan

Diwali - Festival of Lights

Prayers, hymns, and songs

Resonate in homes early morning

Children wake up delighted

to new clothes, gifts, and toys

Flowers, lamps, and decorations

Adorn hallway and floors in colorful array

Tables filled with variety of

Sweets, Treats, and Feasts

Family and friends gather around

Wishing health, peace, and prosperity

Lights drive away the darkness

Good defeats all that is bad

People pray the world be full of

Love, peace, and happiness

Copyright © Anita R Mohan, October 14, 2017