How I Celebrate: Diwali

Reflections from Karuna Kapoor, PhD Plant Science

Did you know that Saturday, October 22nd marks the beginning of Diwali, a five-day celebration of the Indian festival of lights? One of the most popular festivals in South Asian cultures, Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, some Buddhists. Although this harvest festival has different meanings for various religions, it generally symbolizes the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance".

In the spirit of spreading knowledge, we are gathering stories from our community so we can hear firsthand how people celebrate these special occasions. To continue MORSL's "How I Celebrate" series, we heard from McGill student Karuna Kapoor on how they celebrate Diwali.

What does celebrating Diwali mean to you?

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is widely celebrated in India - irrespective of people's religion. There are several reasons for celebrating Diwali, from welcoming back Lord Rama from his fourteen years of exile, to celebrating goddess Lakshmi's birthday.

But, for me, Diwali is all about new beginnings, the faith that the goodness in ourselves will always triumph over the evil, and bringing the best version of ourselves into the world.

Celebrating Diwali is one of the ways for me to keep grounded and to stay connected to my roots and my culture.


Stay tuned for more stories from our community in the "How I Celebrate" series as more celebrations arrive on the calendar.


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