Festival of Light: Diwali in India
- Although it was originally a Hindu celebration, Diwali is now enjoyed by people of every religion in India. It is a family celebration which takes place in October or November and lasts for five days.
- This festival of lights celebrates the victory of good over evil and the glory of light.
- Commemorating Lord Rama's return to his kingdom Ayodhya after completing a 14-year exile, people decorate their homes, light thousands of lamps and give out sweets. There are fireworks in the streets.
- Diwali is a time for fun and rejoicing. However, before the celebration begins there is a lot preparation.
- The house must be thoroughly cleaned and windows opened in order to welcome the Laxmi, the goddess of wealth. People light up their homes using thousands of clay oil lamps to welcome the Goddess of prosperity.
Festival of Light: St. Lucia's Day in Sweden
- The oldest girl in the family is declared St. Lucia on December 13th. On this day she dresses up wearing a white robe with a red sash and a wreath with candles on her head.
- The "St. Lucia" of the family serves everyone a special bun called Lussekatter.
Festival of Light: Christmas in Mexico
Traditions of light: Hanukkah
"Its a wonderful life" also is a great story about a man who had no idea how much he influenced the town he lived in or what a good person he was.
May we find the Christmas spirit within us! Allow the light you have within to shine! Realize how valuable you are to your fellow creatures who share the air we breath and remember that without love and compassion, there is no Christmas Spirit!