November 1 – Flash Fiction  – The Festival of Lights

Charli’s https://carrotranch.com/2018/11/01/flash-fiction-challenge-november-1/prompt this week:


November 1, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a festival of lights. It can be any holiday, event or moment. Express the hope of light over darkness. Or use it to highlight injustice. Go where the prompt leads.

Seeing as Diwali is on its way, I thought I would write a brief version about why we Sikhs celebrate on that day. Our festival of light is commonly called Diwali by others usually, but in Sikhism, it is actually referred to as Band Chorr Diwas

Bandi Chorr Diwas
Emperor Jehangir found no reason to keep Guru Hargobind imprisoned anymore, for he had shown no danger towards the leader.
The Guru insisted upon the release of fifty-two innocent Hindu kings imprisoned alongside him.
Whoever was able to hold onto the cloth of his gown would be free.
He had a special cloak stitched with enough tassels so they could all hold on.
The day Guru Hargobind arrived back in Amritsar happened to be Diwali where the whole city was flooded with the light from candles, lit in joy at his return back to the holiest of Sikh cities.

https://carrotranch.com/2018/11/01/flash-fiction-challenge-november-1/

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  2. Charli Mills
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 04:48:34

    I love learning the details of cultural history, the significance behind the festivals we celebrate. Thank you for sharing Band Chorr Diwas with us and for putting it into a flash form. ❤

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  3. insideweekly
    Nov 04, 2018 @ 15:28:06

    Best Post and Many Many
    Happy Diwali Wishes 2018 To you

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  4. robbiesinspiration
    Nov 04, 2018 @ 13:58:43

    Lovely, Ritu, I do know a bit about this festival.

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  5. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Nov 04, 2018 @ 11:26:01

    A lovely piece of flash full of light! Xxx

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  6. johannawritest
    Nov 04, 2018 @ 04:47:37

    Love this amazing thing!!

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  7. Miriam Hurdle
    Nov 03, 2018 @ 21:43:40

    I like it very much!

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  8. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Nov 03, 2018 @ 21:18:37

    Love it too, Sis.. Michael

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  9. Jennie
    Nov 03, 2018 @ 17:20:20

    Well done, Ritu!!

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  10. dornahainds
    Nov 03, 2018 @ 16:30:30

    Fabulous! 😎🥀

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  11. Carol Anne
    Nov 03, 2018 @ 14:41:07

    Fascinating! Have a great festival when it happens!

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  12. syl65
    Nov 03, 2018 @ 03:28:33

    Thank you for sharing this Sister 💜🙏🏽

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  13. Aimer Boyz
    Nov 03, 2018 @ 01:56:10

    I’ve never heard the story behind Diwali before…that kind of spirit definitely something to celebrate 🙂

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  14. pranabaxom
    Nov 03, 2018 @ 00:12:35

    Hindi kings?

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  15. Erika Kind
    Nov 02, 2018 @ 21:56:48

    That’s a beautiful story, sis!

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  16. Darlene
    Nov 02, 2018 @ 21:30:55

    I love a story that provides some history. Well done.

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  17. Jules
    Nov 02, 2018 @ 21:21:34

    Thank you for sharing this lovely bit of history. 🙂

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  18. willowdot21
    Nov 02, 2018 @ 19:46:38

    A beautiful story Sis 💜🌹💜💜

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  19. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Nov 02, 2018 @ 19:07:45

    Love this

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