Deepawali (row of diyas/clay lamps) or Diwali, marks Lord Rama entering his kingdom, Ayodhya, after killing Ravana in Treta yuga (one epoch), and also, Satyabhama (yes, woman power), wife of Lord Krishna, killing the demon Narakasura in Dwapara yuga ( another epoch).
In this modern epoch, Kali yuga, this celebration is to remind us to conquer the evil thoughts with in us, and to walk from darkness towards the light; from ignorance towards seeking the knowledge.
Taking a trip down the memory lane strolling around the catholic church in our school which was part of my every day life once, brings beautiful memories of my childhood Christmas. Queuing up to watch Jesus’ grotto in our Headmistress’ room, that eagerness to taste those delicious cookies (minus oven then in my town) by close friends who celebrated this festival is still crisp in my mind. Not to forget that one television channel the whole nation watched with variations to regional languages; but still, we all watched those famous movies of Jesus -Karuna mayudu and Daya mayudu around this time filling us with empathy and sympathy.
Unity in diversity has been our mantra.
Moving to UK, novel to me are the joyful concepts of Santa Claus and having our own Christmas tree.
Golden rule for a happy global village lies in embracing our differences whilst advocating ‘unity in diversity’!