There are many, many customs and traditions all over the world that hold their own authenticity and spirit. Traditions that have been passed from decade to decade in various different cultures. We introduce you to just three celebrations and festivals where light doesn't get taken lightly.
Diwali is actually known as the ‘festival of lights' and is one of the brightest festivals held by any culture today. The word Diwali itself means row of lights, where Hindus all over the world celebrate the homecoming of Lord Rama, following 14 years of exile. When Lord Rama returned, his people lit the path with lights, otherwise known as diya. It is tradition amongst Hindus to shine lamps and candles in the Holy temple. Fireworks and lanterns are traditionally used to light up the sky.
The festival of Eid is a celebration amongst Muslims around the globe. There are two Eid celebrations held each year; one is following Ramadan (the month of fasting), and the second is following Hajj (the Holy pilgrimage to Mecca) which ties in with Qurbani (sacrifice). The arrival and announcement of Eid itself is based on light in the sense that it is from the initial sighting of the moon. The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar which rotates, and every 29-30 days when the full moon is sighted, the previous month is complete and the new month begins, ultimately, this is how the days are deciphered. The celebration of Eid itself is a celebration of unity and prayer, a gathering of family and friends and, of course, a delicious feast.
Now where would Christmas be without lights? There are so many significances to Christmas and lights. For example, light was used to represent the star of Bethlehem in the form of a candle. Advent candles and Christmas tree lights are used, but originally, candles were used to light up Christmas trees. Lights do not only stop there, though. A lot of people light up their homes during the month of December, leading up to Christmas.
Which leads us to the conclusion, where would we be without lights? For all your Christmas, Diwali and Eid lights and supplies, head on down to SND Electrical, where we are sure to have the lighting equipment you desire.