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Diwali Assembly 2012
Transcript of Diwali Assembly 2012
The word 'diwali' comes from the sanskrit word 'deepavali' which means 'row of lamps'
This is because Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps (called 'dipa' in Sanskrit) filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil.
Generally, in northern India the day is called Diwali, while, in southern India, it is still called Deepavali. Why do we celebrate? In the common story most people know, Lord Rama was a prince who married a beautiful princess, Sita. His father wanted Rama to become king, but his step-mother didn’t agree. She wanted Rama’s brother, Bharat, to have that honour. In Hinduism Rama and Sita were told that they must leave the kingdom for 14 years. Another brother, Lakshman, went with them to live in the forest. Eventually, the old king died. Knowing and honouring his father’s wishes, Bharat went to a far-off forest where he found Rama and Sita and invited them to return as king and queen. But they had promised to stay away for 14 years and Rama insisted they must be true to their word. So they stayed in the forest where, one day, an evil demon named Ravana captured Sita and carried her off to an island. Here he imprisoned her in his palace. Rama and Lakshman searched for her. A bird told them where she was being held. With the help of Hanuman, the monkey general, Rama went to the castle where there was a huge battle. Eventually, Rama killed the demon king with a golden arrow and rescued Sita. After 14 years, it was time for Rama to return home. Towards the end of their journey, the night was very dark, with no moon to light the path ahead. So to help King Rama and Queen Sita find their way, all their people placed small lamps outside their houses. In Sikhism In 1619 Emperor Jahangir had imprisoned the sixth guru, Hargobind Singh, and 52 princes for political reasons. The Emperor was asked to release Hargobind Singh which he agreed to. However, Hargobind Singh asked that the princes be released also. The Emperor agreed, but said only those who could hold onto his cloak tail would be allowed to leave the prison. This was in order to limit the number of prisoners who could leave. However, Hargobind Singh had a cloak made with 52 pieces of string and so each prince was able to hold onto one string and leave prison. Sikhs celebrated the return of Hargobind Singh by lighting the Golden Temple and this tradition continues today. In Gujarat, the festival honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth In Nepal Diwali commemorates the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon king Narakaasura In Bengal, it is associated with the goddess Kali Divas are lit so that she can find her way to people's homes So how do people celebrate Diwali around the world? Let's see how the following people celebrated Diwali this year: Khushali
Williamjeet A TIME FOR SOME QUIET REFLECTION… Who are the friends that you can rely on? Who or what will give you hope? Where can you see good in the world today?