Festival of Light
Festival of Light

The ‘Festival of Lights’, or Tihar, as it is called in Nepal, is where all of the houses and buildings are decorated with oil lamps. Though from what I have seen in and around Ohio, there too are lights that shine and glimmer in the night.

The ‘Festival of Lights’, sometimes called ‘Panchak Yama’ and even Diwali, is held in honor of Laxmi, a goddess of wealth. Laxmi was also the wife of Vishnu. ‘Panchak Yama’ means the ‘5 Days of the Lord of the Underworld’.

The story goes that once there was a king who was on his deathbed. And while this king did not want to die, he had been told that a snake would come to take his life. This person gave him the advice of filling his palace with on lamps on Laxmi Puja day to help please Laxmi. And once Laxmi was pleased, she was able to convince the serpent to not take his life. And as a result, the king was able to live another 70 years.

And it is to this day, that those who celebrate ‘The Festival of Lights’, place lamps and bright lights around their homes in honor of this celebration.