Saturday 14th November is Amavasya, part of the Hindu, Sikh and Jain Celebration of Diwali, Festival of the Lights, celebrating the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. Themes, such as joy, forgiveness and knowledge over ignorance, are included as well as rituals to Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and the legend of Rama and Sita is recited. Image from Canva.
Most ancient Hindu festivals are observed according to lunar cycles, hence the dates change every year. However, Diwali always falls during October or November, depending on the date of the New Moon, on the 15th day of the Hindu month of Kartik.
The full festival runs for five days, this year Thursday 12th - Sunday 15th November, with the main event, Amavasya, being on the third day. However, each day has its own significance.
Day One: Dhanteras (Dhan = wealth and Teras is the 13th day of the lunar month in the Hindu calendar) is dedicated to celebrating abundance and the arrival of the Goddess Lakshi, who was reputed to have emerged from the ocean on this day.
Day Two: Naraka Chaturdasi or Chhoti Diwali (small Diwali). Lord Krishna and Kali destroyed the demon Narkasura on this day. It is celebrated with puja or early morning rituals.
Day Three: Amavasya (new moon day) or Lakshmi Puja. The darkest day of the month is also the most significant, being dedicated to the celebration of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune, prosperity and beauty.
Day four: Govardhan Puja, is often seen as the day Lord Krishna defeated Indra, the god of thunder and rain, and it's also the start of a new year.
Day five: Bhai Dooj, is a celebration of the bond between siblings, with sharing food and gifts and sisters praying for long and happy lives for their brothers.
Generally, Diwali would involve houses and public spaces being decorated with thousands of candles, lights and colourful designs. There's music, dancing and community-wide celebrations. Celebrating Ancient Festivals, such as Diwali, is uplifting for for the spirit and a great way of keeping communities united.
Aligning ourselves with the moon cycle is very therapeutic, hence being aware of the New moon (good for starting new projects) and Full Moon (a good time for bringing projects to a conclusion) is also excellent for bringing harmony and wellbeing into our lives.
If you feel connected to the lunar cycle, note that our next Full Moon virtual healing circle (£11), 7.30-9.30pm (GMT) is on Monday 30th November, when you will be guided though a mindful chakra healing programme, using colours and crystal energy. You will then be connected above (to the Sky) and below (to the Earth) to be part of the Harmony Healing Lightworker collective and start making a difference by sending regular global healing.
Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians, in the form of Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing, to bring balance and harmony. Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 - a new series off virtual interactive training modules started this month (this is still open to late starters), details on Harmony Healing Virtual Events.
The next virtual healing circle is 7.30-9.30pm (UK time), Monday 30th November, which is the Elder Full Moon.
Currently, due to Coronavirus, most events will be virtual hence MP3 meditations and distant readings and healings are proving popular. We don't recommend giving a reading or healing to another person, without first checking whether it would be welcomed.
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