As per the Ramayana, Diwali was a festival of celebration, lights and happiness at Rama, Sita and Lakshman’s return to Ayodhya after 14 years in exile. It started off as a festival wherein people whitewashed their houses, lit up diyas (glow lamps), performed Lakshmi Puja and met friends and family.
But over the years, Diwali has unfortunately also become synonymous with gambling, firecrackers, noise and air pollution and more. Along with killing and injuring numerous human beings over the years, these firecrackers are also dangerous for all the animals around as they are loud enough to scare them.
Gambling on Diwali nights has caught on with the young and the old. And interestingly, this seems to be due to a reason. It is believed that Lord Shiva invented the game of dice and used to play it regularly with Parvati. And so it is considered that playing this game on the night of Diwali would bring prosperity to the players over the coming years.
While this has been a form of entertainment for friends and family alike, it is illegal and those practicing gambling can be arrested by the authorities at any time. Moreover, how can a vice be associated with a festival?
Any festival let alone Diwali is all about togetherness and love. Diwali is a time to thank God for all that he has given us. It is a time to renew and repair broken relations and make the existing relations stronger than before. It is a time to express love and happiness all around. It’s a time to help those in need in any which way possible be it supporting a child’s education or feeding hungry people.
So let’s all come together to celebrate a pollution and gambling free Diwali! More importantly, let’s spread as much happiness around as possible.
Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – November – My post no 2 for this month.