In a nation Embracing Unity in Diversity, celebrating festivals takes on a unique and unifying character. It’s heartening to witness how different religious communities come together to partake in the joy of celebrations. Hindus celebrate Eid with as much enthusiasm as Muslims eagerly anticipate Diwali. This beautiful coexistence of traditions and the spirit of inclusiveness define India’s cultural tapestry.
Diwali: A Festival That Bridges Divides
Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, holds a special place in the hearts of Indians, irrespective of their religious beliefs. While it’s traditionally a Hindu festival, it has transcended religious boundaries. Muslims, who form the second-largest religious community in India, actively participate in the Diwali festivities, reflecting the nation’s unity in diversity.
Poetry That Celebrates Diwali’s Universality
Diwali’s universal appeal has not only found its way into the hearts of the people but has also inspired the works of many poets. Renowned poets like Nazeer Banarasi and Haider Bayabaani have beautifully captured the essence of Diwali in their verses. Their poems reflect the festival’s ability to infuse life with joy, music, and a unique lifestyle.
Diwali Through the Eyes of Aafreen Saba Alvi
Aafreen Saba Alvi, an educationist and a mother of two daughters from Kolkata, provides a heartwarming example of this unity. Her memories of Diwali from childhood in the 70s and 80s are filled with joy and excitement. It was a time when Diwali meant dressing up and visiting her father’s colleagues at the Department of History, AMU. The Alvi family, arriving in two rickshaws, would celebrate Diwali with their Hindu friends.
Diwali’s Message of Unity
The heartwarming stories of unity and inclusiveness that Diwali inspires among Indian Muslims emphasize the festival’s power to transcend religious and cultural boundaries. In a diverse nation like India, such shared celebrations are a testament to the enduring spirit of unity in diversity, where every festival becomes an occasion for all to come together in joy and harmony.
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