Lassen Community College wishes local celebrants Happy Diwali

As our world and our community become more diverse and inclusive, some among us celebrate an important holiday from a different religion and a faraway land.

“Happy Diwali to our students and employees at Lassen (Community) College,” read a Facebook post. “As the Festival of Lights brightens our world, we want to extend our warmest wishes to all who are celebrating. May this Diwali bring joy, prosperity and peace to your lives.

“दीवाली की शुभकामनाएँ! To everyone observing this beautiful festival, may your homes and hearts be filled with the light of happiness, knowledge and good health. Happy Diwali!”

What is Diwali?
Diwali, one of the most celebrated festivals in India and in some parts of the Middle East, is known as the Festival of Lights because, according to Diwalifestival.org, on the third day of the five-day festival, Diyas and candles are lit to summon health and wealth. Participants also exchange “heartfelt gifts … as a gesture of showing love and affection.”

The special and grand feasts that include different varieties of sweets are also an important part of the celebration.

Participants light lights to drive away darkness and ignorance and to awaken a light within as well. They also decorate their homes with colorful Diwali Rangoli.

According to Diwalifestival.org, “The history of Diwali is replete with legends and these legends are moored to the stories of Hindu religious scriptures … the central theme of all legends points out to the classic truth of the victory of good over evil.”

We join the college in wishing those who celebrate this holiday, a very happy Diwali and a prosperous new year. May God fulfill all your wishes in wealth, health and happiness in your life.