The end of the year marks a time many from around the world begin holiday celebrations. At Valley Children’s, we recognize and celebrate this time to be with loved ones and cherish our time together. To start the holiday season, we would like to introduce you to Diwali, a festival of lights, to celebrate with your family.
What is Diwali?
Diwali is a time when families, bound by the ties of love and shared traditions, come together to create lasting memories and reaffirm their connections. It is a reminder that amidst the hustle and bustle of life, the moments spent with family are the ones that truly illuminate our hearts and minds. Diwali is celebrated over five days and is India’s biggest holiday of the year.
"Diwali, for me, is a joyful celebration of our cherished traditions and the moments we create together." –Puneet Sran, PGY2.
Diwali holds cultural and religious importance. There are many legends associated with this holiday based on the various religions that participate in Diwali. These include but are not limited to Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. Here are some of the most common stories: The return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after defeating the demon king Ravana symbolizes the triumph of righteousness. The attainment of Nirvana by Lord Mahavira underscores the significance of self-improvement and spiritual enlightenment. Guru Hargobind Ji's release from imprisonment underscores the value of justice and religious freedom.
The heart of the festival lies in lighting oil lamps, or diyas, to illuminate homes and streets. Families also engage in thorough cleaning, creating a sense of renewal by removing negativity and welcoming positivity. Colorful rangoli patterns, created from colored powders, rice, or flower petals, adorn doorsteps, and homes sparkle with intricate decorations.
"Diwali is a time when we celebrate the triumph of light over darkness, and it's a reminder that goodness will always prevail. It's a celebration that gives me hope, especially in light of the current humanitarian crisis." – Pranita Shenoy, PGY2.
Diwali is a celebration that transcends religious and cultural boundaries, radiating light and positivity. It illuminates hearts and minds, reminding us of the eternal truth that goodness and hope will always triumph over darkness and despair. Whether you celebrate it as a cultural event or a religious occasion, Diwali brings people together, fostering joy, unity, and togetherness worldwide.
Happy Diwali from our Valley Children’s family to yours!
About the Author
Dr. Pranita Shenoy comes to Valley Children's from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and is in her second year of Postgraduate Residency. Her care philosophy is working with patients and parents as a team. She is an advocate for informed care and aims to be a doctor that builds relationships with patients so they feel comfortable and trust her to provide the best possible care. Learn more about Dr. Shenoy here.