Fireworks on Diwali

Diwali 2010

Diwali 2010

I just realised a very interesting thing, and that is that in 2010 we celebrate both Guy Fawkes day and also Diwali on the 5th November.

What an amazing coincidence, that two independent “light” festivals are held on the same day this year. Both festivals have to do with lights in one way or another. For somebody like me who loves anything that is a colourful light, both are incredibly interesting events.

Needless to say I think their origins are somewhat different. I believe that Guys Fawkes day was originally intended to be a once-off display of serious magnitude. Just a once-off flicker, really.

On the other hand, the Diwali festival of lights is a joyful time and signals the beginning of new things. The triumph of good over evil. All around much more happy event. According to the website at Diwali Festival .org the main thing is to light some candles in a row and invite family and friends over for some meals – not unlike our Christian Christmas feast.

To make things even more interesting, a few days ago we celebrated All Saints Day on the 1st November, also a day of new beginnings as I wrote on my other blog.

So … this is a wish to all my friends, that their careers and personal lives will kick off with a lot of fireworks on this Diwali festival.


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