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Diwali "Festival of Lights" Interpreted: Empowering Intentions with Hindu Goddesses

  • Kristin Bredimus Spiritual Consultancy 254 Essex Street Salem United States (map)

As the night gets darker and the life cycle of all things autumnal begins, you are invited to harness your Light!

Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is a 5-day celebration of the triumph of Light over Darkness.

  • The first day (October 25, 2019) is known as Dhanteras. "Dhan" means wealth and "teras" refers to the 13th day of a lunar fortnight on the Hindu calendar. This day is dedicated to celebrating prosperity.  Goddess Lakshmi is believed to have come out of the churning of the ocean on this day and she is welcomed with a special puja (ritual).

  • The second day (October 26, 2019) is known as Naraka Chaturdasi or Chhoti Diwali (small Diwali). Goddess Kali and Lord Krishna are believed to have destroyed the demon Narakasura on this day. Demon effigies are burned in Goa in celebration.

  • The third day (October 27, 2019) is the new moon day known as Amavasya. This darkest day of the month is the most significant day of the Diwali festival.

  • The fourth day (October 28, 2019) has various meanings across India. In Gujarat, it's celebrated as the start of a new year.

  • The fifth day (October 29, 2019) is known as Bhai Duj. It's dedicated to celebrating sisters, getting together and share food, to honor the bond between them. 

Join us on Sunday during Diwali, coming together to celebrate new beginnings and to amplify intentions through ritual. Working with the energies of the Hindu gods and goddesses, participants will be invited to participate in meditation and ceremony, amplifying of their own Light and Prosperity.

Note: Participants will receive written guidance as to how best harness the energy of the festival in advance of the workshop.

Overview:

  • Meditation with the Goddesses Lakshmi and Kali.

  • Rangoli group design.

  • Candlelight ceremony.

  • “New Year” blessing.