Bring light in someone’s life this Diwali

Festivals are all about celebrations and happiness. It’s the time of rejoicing with dear ones. A festival that most of us look forward to is Diwali and it is right around the corner. The festival of lights usually falls between mid-October and early November every year. On this auspicious day, people take to cleaning their homes and decorate them with lamps (diyas), candles and fairy lights.

What’s more? It’s all about going shopping — for clothes and other necessary items for the celebration. On this day, people dress up, wear new clothes, look their best and perform pooja, donate to feed the hungry which is then followed by sumptuous meals. The celebration concludes by bursting crackers and lighting fireworks.

Diwali celebrations across India

Diwali is celebrated all over India; the traditions are diverse. Various mythological stories are associated with each region. The northern parts of India observe it as the day when Lord Rama defeated the demon king Ravana and came back to Ayodhya after 14 long years. In the southern parts of India, people celebrate Diwali as the day when Lord Krishna defeated King Narakasura and brought peace upon the earth. The eastern parts of India celebrate this day as the triumph of good over evil. They believe that Goddess Parvathi took the form of Mahakali to destroy the demon called Bakrasura. While the western parts of India believe that Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity was born from the churning of the ocean — Samudra Manthan. No matter what the belief is, Diwali reiterates one essence — the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.

This Diwali, let’s join hands to donate for children and bring a smile to their faces. Akshaya Patra — an NGO in India reached out to over 1.8 million school children from challenging socio-economic backgrounds across the country before the pandemic shook the whole world. Established in 2000, the main motive of the organization was to provide unlimited meals for the education of children and to eradicate classroom hunger by executing the Mid-Day Meal Programme.

Around 33 % of Indian children are malnourished.

To reverse this number, the Supreme Court of India mandated that every child studying in Government and Government-aided schools should receive mid-day meals. By joining hands with the government Akshaya Patra aims to create a huge impact to improve children’s nutritional levels.

“AnnaDaan is Shrestha Daan — food is the best form of charity

This Diwali, come forward to join Akshaya Patra to feed the hungry people and school children by serving freshly-cooked food and mid-day meals respectively. The onus to become a lamp of hope for the vulnerable communities lies on us. So, this Diwali lets evoke the spirit of giving and spreading happiness by making small contributions and uniting to suppress darkness in the lives of the needy. The art of giving is more delightful than throwing up a big celebration.

Wishing you a happy and prosperous Diwali!

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO in India for children provides mid-day meals for 1.7 million children across 12 states.