From YES Alumni Malaysia Communications Leader Azhan Rabi (2007):
Wishing all Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Buddhist and whoever celebrates this rich festival of light a very Happy Deepavali!
Enjoy eating all the yummy laddu, jelebi, muruku and amazing curry! If you don’t know about this holiday here’s some facts about Diwali =)
Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia, and is also the occasion for celebrations by Jains and Sikhs as well as Hindus.
The festival of Diwali extends over five days. Because of the lights, fireworks, and sweets involved, it’s a great favourite with children. The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance, although the actual legends that go with the festival are different in different parts of India.
The Times of India summed up the modern meaning of Diwali:
“Regardless of the mythological explanation one prefers, what the festival of lights really stands for today is a reaffirmation of hope, a renewed commitment to friendship and goodwill, and a religiously sanctioned celebration of the simple – and some not so simple – joys of life.”