Ramapo community gathers for Hindu festival of lights

Ramapo community gathers for Hindu festival of lights

Ramapo community gathers for Hindu festival of lights

(Web Desk) - Diwali was celebrated across the world on Thursday including in Pakistan where the Hindu community observed the "festival of lights" with religious fervor. "Everyone's in a jolly mood eating candies and food".

More than 150 students and faculty from different backgrounds gathered in Trustees Pavilion on Wednesday to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights and share a meal that included a wide selection of Indian foods such as samosa, masala and rice. However, soldiers, especially those deployed at the border, seldom get a chance to go home to celebrate the festival.

Felicitating the Hindu community on their festival of "Diwali", the Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that this festival promotes a sense of service along with infusing the sentiments of unity and cohesion in the people. However this day is celebrated as Deepawali also known as Naraka Chaturdasi in most states of South India and it usually falls on a day before the Diwali in North India, except in some years when the Tithi overlaps.

"It is a time for reflection and renewal, and a time for peace". When did Diwali first start being celebrated?

"There are students who travel so far away from home and we want to help them celebrate Diwali and remember where they come from". It should also be noted that all dharmic faiths have a relation to Deepavali and celebrate it in variousforms, including Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists. On this occasion, let us initiate efforts towards illuminating the lives of all with joy and prosperity and spread the light of love and fraternity. You have made extraordinary contributions to art, science, medicine, business and education.

"To me, Diwali means a time of bringing people together just as any major holiday does". While many communities celebrate the festival to commemorate the return of Lord Rama from his 14 years of exile, there are various other stories and rituals associated with it. In so doing, we reaffirm that Indian-Americans and Hindu-Americans are truly cherished, treasured and beloved members of our great American FAMILY.

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