… A traditional Diwali greeting is to say ‘wishing you a Diwali that brings happiness prosperity and joy to you and all your family.’
You can also wish: ‘May your life be as colourful, shimmering and magical as the lights of Diwali.’
Another can be: ‘May every aspect of your life be as luminous and wonderful as the lights on the lamps of Diwali.’
Sweets, lights, but maybe smaller family gatherings and (hopefully) not quite so many fireworks this year — at least not in pollution-beleaguered Delhi. But this of all years, we can use all the lights we can get!
The Associated Press reports:
The north Indian city of Ayodhya kept its Guinness World Record for a second year on by lighting 606,569 oil lamps and keeping them burning for at least 45 minutes as part of the celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.
Thousands of volunteers lit the lamps, called diyas, along the Saryu river’s banks, through lanes and at houses as dusk fell Friday in Ayodhya, where Hindus believe the god Ram was born and where he returned after 14 years in exile.
The city lit 409,000 oil lamps last year.
Uttar Pradesh state government spokesman Shishir Kumar said the lamps were a stunning spectacle for thousands of visitors who thronged the river banks while ignoring coronavirus social distancing norms…
… There has been a push towards a “digital Diwali”. In Delhi, prayer ceremonies will be broadcast on television and social media to encourage people to stay at home. In an attempt to stop the use of firecrackers during Diwali, the UN environment programme launched a series of augmented reality filters where people could have exploding e-firecrackers, known as e-pataakhas, on their Facebook and Instagram posts instead of setting off the real thing…