J. Aiyeswaria and P. Kumaranand in traditional dress at Oppenheimer Place Wednesday, celebrate the Diwali festival. Aiyeswaria painted the peacock picture in the background. Courtesy Photo
P. Kumaranand is a Post Doc at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He and his wife J. Aiyeswaria are from India and temporary residents at Oppenheimer Place.
The Hindu couple spoke to residents about Diwali, a five-day festival celebrated Nov 13 through Nov. 17.
For Hindus, Diwali, one of the most important festivals of the year, is popularly known as the “festival of lights.”
The celebration of Diwali is seen by Hindus as the victory of good over evil.
The goal is to dispell all ignorance, to be aware of the oneness of all things (higher knowledge) and to obtain joy and peace.
While the story behind Diwali and the manner of celebration varies from region to region, (festive fireworks, worship, lights, sharing of sweets), the essence of the celebrations is the same.