Today happens to be Diwali – which is the Indian new year. We had a Diwali puja (prayer) at our office yesterday which was quite sweet. and probably the only ‘group’ thing we do as an office.
Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word Deepavali which means garland of lights. Quite literally Diwali is known to many as the ‘festival of lights’.
My mum has been on a frantic cleaning spree the last 2-3 days because Diwali is an occasion for cleaning; sprucing up the home; painting walls and decorating the floor with attractive rangoli designs. Rangoli is another Sanskrit word which signifying a creative expression of art by means of colours.
It’s been said that Rangoli is done outside the front door of the house so as to attract the Goddess Laxmi who brings wealth.
We’ve got our Diwali puja that’s going to start in a few minutes and I’ve just finished getting ready … Diwali is also quite an auspicious day to start any new ventures – so here’s some good wishes towards the start of my new consultancy as well – DMN Consultants =)
Before I leave you all and head for the puja, I’d like you to check out a previously written a post – Festival of Lights or Endangering the Environment which takes a look at the other side of the festivities that the majority of Indians partake in. As much as Diwali is a great celebration to start of a new year – we should consider the effects of our actions on the globe as a whole.
Wishing you all a Very Happy Diwali and a Prosperous New Year with lots of health, wealth and happiness coming your way !