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Diwali and the Light of Hope

Diwali is one of India's grandest holidays of the year (November 4) and is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists to honor a five-day festival of lights.

According to NPR's Morning Edition (, 2021) during Diwali, people light up their homes to protect them from spiritual darkness. The five-day festival is the time for families to clean up houses, share gifts, and update the fixtures and furniture of their homes.

Overall, celebrating symbols of hope like Diwali ignites positive emotions in people. In a study by Skov & Nadal (2017), there is a social dimension for a person's active participation in arts and culture. This may explain why regardless of economic conditions, national or family celebrations are still being recognized. To honor a special occasion like Diwali equally commemorates oneself as part of a bigger unit. When people engage in creative activities like celebrating the Festival of Light or Diwali, it lowers rates of depression and anxiety leading to better life satisfaction. (Rodriguez, 2020)

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