Good morning lower school, my name is Arya Ajith and I am an eighth-grader here to talk to you about one of my favorite Hindu holidays called Diwali.
Now, ever since I was a young girl I very vividly remember celebrating this holiday because it was like none other. Diwali is the festival of lights and is widely celebrated all through India for it is seen as one of India's most celebrated holidays.
But what really is Diwali and why is it really celebrated, you may ask. This festival is actually is more of a celebration of the return of Lord Rama after he was exiled for 14 years from his homeland. All the villagers lit up the whole town to welcome him back. Many different parts of India celebrate this light festival in many different ways. Traditionally families use clay-made mini lanterns called Diyas. As the children will paint them in all different colors, they will be lit and put all around the house to welcome light and prosperity. My family always holds large family gatherings with lots of traditional food and In 13 years, I have only ever missed one Diwali, because of COVID, but I’m hoping to make up for it this year.
On the topic of COVID, it's very clear wearing masks and not being able to hug our friends, and eat all together isn't all very normal. But, I am hoping we can all let some light in as things are slowly going back to how things were.
Diwali is a celebration of good over evil, right over wrong, and letting light overpower the darkness. This Thursday, I want to challenge all of you to do good over the bad, what’s right over wrong, and let the light within you shine, as you have a wonderful rest of your week.