This year, October 24 is Diwali, a Festival of Lights or the triumph of good over evil in India and many parts of the Hindu, Sikh and Jain world. The main day of the 5 day celebration takes place on the new moon, so the darkest night is filled with light. Special foods and family gatherings make the celebration unique in all places.
Jenifer from Guatemala was lucky enough to participate with her host family in the festivities this year. She shares with GA, “my experience as an au pair with my host family has been wonderful, not just because I provide childcare for them, it’s also because they have became like my family. I have learned about American and Indian culture which is amazing because I learned a lot from both culture. I never thought I could enjoy this experience as an Au pair.”
Jenifer’s host mom, Suruchi, shares, “For me growing up in India, we did a lot of things building up to and on the day of Diwali. But just like festivals here, it’s so little about the activity and so much more about sharing the activity with family!
Diwali has now become an official US holiday in New York schools this year and, like in Suruchi’s home, is typically celebrated by dressing in colorful traditional clothing, lighting the inside and outside of homes with rows of lamps or other lights, and fireworks. There are also worship services, a large traditional feast, and a gift exchange. In the area where Jenifer lives in WA state, Diwali will be celebrated and look something like this…
Search for celebrations in your area and take some time to learn more about this important Festival of Lights.