This piece originally appeared in the Superintendent’s Update by Superintendent Cliff Chuang on Thursday, Nov. 3. Please find this week’s full issue of Superintendent’s Update and back issues at bedfordps.org.
Diwali Reflection by Roopa Bhusnurmath
Every year around October and November, Hindus around the world celebrate Diwali, or Deepavali — the Festival of Lights, the origins of which stretches back more than 2,500 years.
The name is derived from the Sanskrit term “dipavali” that means “row of lights.” In 2023, Diwali occurs on Sunday, Nov. 12. This five-day celebration traditionally marks the biggest holiday of the year for Hindus, during which homes are cleaned and decorated with small clay lamps (diyas).
Throughout the different regions of India, many may have different stories for the reasons to celebrate this festival, but essence remains the same. It symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, hope over despair and knowledge over ignorance.
The Bedford South Asian families come together every year to celebrate Diwali, and this year’s celebration will be the largest in attendance, all geared for a fun evening with friends, dance performances by Bedford children (representing Davis, Lane, JGMS and BHS), festive food, traditional attire, music and more.
Here’s a link to learn more about the festival: The Ancient Origins of Diwali | HISTORY
Roopa Bhusnurmath is parent of a Lane School student.