The Festival of Lights is coming up tomorrow for us Malaysians so I thought I would make a post honoring the spirit of Deepavali ( as it is often referred to here), taking the time to remember why Indians celebrate the Festival and so forth.
In a nutshell
Deepavali when translated from Sanskrit literally means "row of lamps" . The festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil and in celebration, people light up oil lamps. Hence the significance of the "lamps" in Deepavali.
Deepavali is an official public holiday in many countries including Malaysia and Singapore. People take the time off to bask in the atmosphere of the festivities and Deepavali certainly is not off-limits to people who are not of the religion. Many Malaysians from all walks of life partake in the festivities which include preparing food together, and even praying together.
If you are a foreigner or a Malaysian local who has yet to experience the best of Deepavali's festive activities and atmosphere, it would be best to go to the Indian Temple located at Batu Caves, Selangor (click the link for great photos of the actual site).
For those interested to go there tomorrow, please click the location link at the end of this post. Google Maps will be opened up and let you know exactly where and how to get to the Batu Caves. I do suggest that you go early because there will be a lot of people there.
Finally,if you DO manage to get there, I'm sure it will be a trip worth taken and which you will not soon forget. Happy Deepavali to you!