Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 297 – Light

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“It is during our darkest moments that we should focus to see the light.”

Aristotle

Thank you so much, Spidey, for such an apt quote, considering it was Diwali, yesterday, the festival of light.

Diwali, as Hindus and Jains celebrate, or Bandi Chorr Divas, as Sikhs refer to the day, is essentially two stories, but the moral is the same, of good being victorious over evil, and of how, at the end of however dark and long a tunnel, that there is light.

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This year has been strange to say the least. Since March, for the majority of the world, any special days, whether widespread religious festivals, (remember the quiet Easter, and yesterday, a muted Diwali?) or ceremonial days, like VE Day and Remembrance Day, not to mention the personal celebrations, such as births, birthdays and weddings, have all been performed or observed in a very different manner.

This year has highlighted the need for family, or that core group of people around you. It’s also impressed the importance of keeping in touch with your loved ones, near or far. Thank goodness for phones, Whatsapp and Zoom, eh!

But we are all living in a kind of darkness, right now. slowly trudging along through this tunnel, not quite sure when the end will come.

But it will.

Already, news of possible vaccinations cast glimmers of hope that there may some semblance of normality in the not to distant future.

That’s a light there, in itself.

As I type this, (last night) there are families gathered, in their household bubbles (obviously, since we are in lockdown) letting off fireworks, and eating good food together, celebrating Diwali in a smaller, yet no less important way.

We’ve been doing the same, bar the fireworks (plenty going off around here for us to enjoy!) We did a drive by in front of the in-laws house, where mum had cooked up a storm, and after a few minutes of us standing at a distance from them, wishing each other happy Diwali, we left with a bag brimming with fresh pakoras, lamb kebabs, Indian rice pudding, called Kheer, and plenty of other naughty but nice sweet goodies.

And we’ve sat, together, the four of us, eating, watching a film, and enjoying each other’s company, and keeping our thoughts positive, that this time next year, we will hopefully be in our forever home!

So… tell me, if you feel as if you are in a tunnel, can you see the light, yet? If not, how do you get yourself through?

Have a peaceful Sunday Peeps.  And enjoy your week!  

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 243 – Bandi Chor Divas and Diwali

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It’s Diwali today, Peeps! And also Bandi Chor Diwas, the festival we Sikhs celebrate today.

Most folks know about the simple Diwali story of Ram, Sita and Ravan the demon, and them defeating evil and coming back from many years in the darkness.

But this is not why us Sikhs celebrate.

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I hope this little graphic gives you a little insight as to why your turbanned neighbour may be celebrating today!

With that bit of education, Spidey and I shall leave you today, to prepare for celebrations, and we will be back next week!

If you are celebrating, Diwali or Bandi Chor Divas, we wish you a wonderful day filled with love, light and laughter.

One-Liner Wednesday – #1LinerWeds

“Give yourself a break, before something else breaks you.” – Ritu

For Linda’s #1LinerWeds Challenge.

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One-Liner Wednesday – #1LinerWeds

“It’s time to let your light shine! Happy Diwali!” – Ritu

For Linda’s #1linerweds Challenge.

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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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