Many of us stopped and took time to celebrate the beautiful holiday of Diwali not too long ago. This is a time of year where many celebrations are coming and going, and while the holidays can be a beautiful time, they can also be a very difficult time for many people. It is important to recognize this and recognize that whatever holiday you may be looking forward to, don’t let your own flame burn out!
THE LIGHT TO MY DARKNESS
by Harsimran Kaur
I eagerly gather my candles and matches because this week is very special to me – and my community. This week, an entire day will go to celebrating light – the light within us all, the light that defeats darkness and the numerous lights glowing around us.This is a day where all of our houses are lit with candles, lights, and most of all, hope. Diwali, also known as Bandi Chhor Divas, is one of my favorite holidays of the year and for many reasons.
Within Sikhism, Diwali marks a day that is celebrated in remembrance of our Gurus victory in helping 52 kings escape from imprisonment and return home. Personally, this serves as a constant reminder to not give up on helping someone; even if it may seem impossible, a way can be found. To celebrate this, Sikhs spread light within their homes, and within the Sikh gurdwara – the Sikh place of worship- by lighting candles and decorating with lights together.
Annually, being surrounded by so much light, positivity and love, reminds me of the light to my darkness. For me, my faith and family have always been the light that never dimmed, even in my darkest times. In fact, darker times made it shine even brighter. For each person, this light can be different, and for some it may shine brighter or for some it may dim. Just like candles, one light can ignite the next, leading to darkness vanishing all together around you.
A friend once told me I was like a diva – a candle. At first, I was confused. How was I anything like one of these hundreds of little lights? Then, she continued to explain. She told me that I continuously brought light and inspiration to those around me, but I needed to remember not to burn out while doing this, and keep some light and warmth for myself as well. Ignite those around you, help their flame flourish, bring light into their lives, soak in the little beauties around you, and remember to practice self care in the midst of it all.