Happy Diwali! The Festival of Lights is a perfect celebration for dark times
Perhaps humans of all faiths as well as atheists could appreciate the meaning of Diwali, celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs as the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and truth over ignorance. . It’s hard to think of more epic wins than these. Diwali is honored by light in all its forms, explosive and gentle, from children’s fireworks and sparklers to glowing lamps in temples, homes and streets and gardens. The orange and crimson striped marigold mountains used to decorate homes and temples offer a blaze of color. The streets of major cities sparkle with electric and neon decorations.
This year, due to the pandemic, the Hindu temple in Albany did not host fireworks or parties. But to help readers make the most of the great vacation, The Times Union shares a nice range of photographs of Diwali celebrations, old and new, from Clifton Park and Albany in Hong Kong, India and Pakistan.