Diwali celebrates the victory of good over evil, although the deities, rituals, and stories that are associated with the holiday are different in different parts of India. My family considers the third day of the five-day festival most auspicious*; we believe on this day that Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, visits our home. On this night of a new moon—the last night of the Hindu year—total darkness sets in the night sky.
This year, our toddler painted diyas, tiny clay lamps, to place in our doorway for Lakshmi can find her way.
* Lakshmi Puja is on Thursday, October 23.
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A Diwali greeting from me to you: May this year bring light to your spirit, warmth to your home, and joy to your heart!