Diwali or Deepavali, is the Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance. It is celebrated in honour of Lord Ram’s return to Ayodhya after an exile of fourteen years. The festival is also linked to Goddess Lakshmi – the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is traditionally celebrated by lighting diyas and candles, praying to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh and meeting friends and family to exchange Diwali greetings and gifts.
Bandi Chhor Divas celebrates a Sikh historic event related to the sixth Guru Guru Hargobind ji. According to Sikh history, on this day, Guru Hargobind was released from prison by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir who freed 52 other kings with him. The Bandi Chhor Divas is celebrated in a manner similar to Diwali, with the lighting of homes and Gurdwaras, feast, gift giving and family time. It is an important Sikh celebration along with Vaisakhi, Maghi, Holi with Hola Mohalla and Gurpurb
May the beauty of Deepavali fill your home with happiness, and may the coming year provide you with everything that brings you joy!