A very happy Diwali to all my Hindu and IndoPagan readers. Diwali, the festival of lights, is a major Indian holiday representing a spiritual new year, and a triumph of good over evil. Depending on the region and tradition, this day commemorates the return of Lord Rama, the birth of Lakshmi, and the Austerities of Shakti (among other events). Celebrants usually light lamps, set off fireworks, and wear new clothing to commemorate the day.
This year Barack Obama, the first US president to participate in a White House Diwali ceremony, is in India during the festivities.
For more on Diwali you may want to check out the Hindu American Foundation’s special page for the 2010 festivities.
May you experience happiness and good fortune on this day, and in the year to come.