The deets on Deepavali
So, what is Deepavali? We enjoy complexities in India mmmkay, so it’s all very complicated. The festival is associated with a whole host of deities, traditions and symbolism across the country. I grew up with this version: Lord Krishna slays the demon king Narakasura, freeing the helpless who had been under his control. Deepavali marked Krishna’s triumph over evil. Regardless of the version, Deepavali is one of the most popular festivals in Hinduism, symbolizing the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.
During the celebration, temples, homes and shops are decorated with lights and more traditionally, oil lamps. Deepavali is celebrated over the course of multiple days: we wear new, bright colored outfits, visit the temple, eat sweets and yummy meals with friends and family. Lights, new clothes, sweets… Deepavali is basically the greatest celebration ever and everyone is welcome to celebrate! This year, I’m working with Mishka’s preschool to have the little ones learn about Deepavali via this book and decorate clay lamps to take home.