Diwali at Weddington


Diwali is a celebration of lights, which took place on November 4th, 2021. Courtesy of Getty Images.

Josalin Sutton, General

Diwali is one of the most important holidays in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, which is primarily celebrated throughout South Asia and in the US. Diwali, simply put, is the celebration of light over darkness.

Diwali originates from the Sanskrit word dipavali meaning “row of lights,” which is precisely how it is celebrated. Diyas, small earthworm canals filled with oil, are lit and placed in rows, and houses are decorated with rangoli, elaborate designs made from rice and flower petals. 

Diwali is celebrated throughout the US, including at our school. I talked to several of our classmates who personally observed the holiday to look into it further. Siya, a junior at Weddington, described the holiday as “a celebration of good defeating evil. We celebrate it as a type of new year.” It can also be described as “a festival of lights,” by Riya, a Weddington sophomore. Every family has different traditions they practice in celebration of the holiday. One Weddington sophomore said, “We set out candles and do a prayer.” Siya, a Weddington Junior stated, “Spending hours with my family making food is my favorite tradition.” 

Food is a big part of the Diwali holiday for many who celebrate it. This topic brought the most excitement and enthusiasm when talking to my classmates. Radhika, a Weddington freshman, said, “My personal favorite is Payasam, also known as kheer, a sweet south Indian pudding.” Siya’s favorite is “Kaju Katli, a famous dessert made with cashew nuts.” And as Jeevan, a Weddington junior, claims, “Gulab Jamun, a milk-solid-based sweet originating from India, is one of the most popular foods and my favorite.” 

Diwali can be similar to Christmas or New years for those that celebrate it. It is a time of “uplifting and positive emotions,” remarks Siya. It is observed as a festival of joy and celebration, a recognition of good defeating evil. The holiday is anticipated by all who celebrate it.