Diwali has been celebrated for ages, not only in India but also in foreign countries. The different culture and ethnicities adds to the sparkle of this Festival. At English medium schools, the enthusiasm and joy can be clearly seen among the faculties and staffs as they share their happiness with the students. The students enjoy this festival with gifts and goodies. This cheerful and lively festival creates a gleeful atmosphere within the whole school environment.
India is home to diverse cultures and traditions there are numerous ways by which Diwali is celebrated in different regions. It has been said that this festival is associated with the return of Lord Shri Rama with his brother Lakshmana and wife Sita to his kingdom, Ayodhya. The Saga of Lord Rama is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm in all the Indian states by following the tradition of lighting off earthen lamps, electric lights and bursting of crackers to recreate the celebration to welcome Lord Rama.
Traditional Diwali Celebration
In India, Diwali is a time for renewal and new endeavors. People clean their homes and decorate their houses with flowers, colors and by lighting the house with diyas. Sweets and gifts are exchanged and festive meals are shared, with friends and relatives. Fireworks are often a part of the Diwali celebrations. New clothes and accessories are worn, as Diwali represents the renewal of life. It also honors as well as welcomes the approaching of winter and the start of the sowing season.
- At the CBSE school of Jharsuguda, Aparnaa World School, parents hailing from different cultures and religions gather to prepare a special presentation for all the students to allow them to experience this festival.
- Students are taught to celebrate Diwali with family & friends and have fun together, rather, than just bursting crackers.
- This festival is also about enjoying, sharing and spreading joy. Students learn to respect their seniors and care about their juniors.
- Programs like dance, music, and other special activities are performed as part of the celebration. The students are provided with delicious and healthy food items to cherish their palate.
However, it can be said that Diwali is not just about fireworks, burning candles, and gambling but also rediscovering the inner peace. Hanging of lanterns and lighting diyas signifies God’s grace and bathes homes in such luminescence that there is no place for any darkness. So make this festival truly momentous and savor the different tastes and cultures of India. May this festival of lights bring you success, peace, prosperity, health and great happiness! Happy Diwali!