Celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains throughout Canada, the five-day festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil. This year’s celebration commences on Nov. 12. Quick Facts About Diwali;
According to many legends, the Diwali festival is associated with the victory of Rama over Ravana. It is said that on this day Lord Rama reached Ayodhya along with Sita and Lakshmana. The people of Ayodhya welcomed Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana with several decorations and illuminated the place with diyas. According to Jain, on this day Lord Mahavira attained “moksha or salvation”.
The word Diwali (or Deepavali as it’s sometimes called) is derived from the Indian ancient language Sanskrit which means “row of lights”. The exact dates for Diwali change every year and completely depend on the moon cycle. The pompous festival is celebrated for 5 long days, with each day associated related to different traditions and values.
The new stamps were designed by Kristine Do and illustrated by Rena Chen, featuring marigold flowers and mago-tree leaves, with small clay oil, also known as diyas, appearing on the corners of the stamp. Under Diwali tradition, diyas are often lit in rows within houses and temples, or set adrift on rivers.
Fireworks are also typically sparked during the festival, signifying gratitude for health, wealth, knowledge, peace and prosperity. Additionally, colourful geometric Rangoli patterns are created in entrance ways of homes, while garlands, also referred to as toranas, are draped across the entrances of rooms. Canada Post says the stamps are now available for purchase at post offices or online at store.canadapost.ca.
Source: CTV News