How I do Lakshmi Puja living outside of India

Diwali is just around the corner… it is important to start preparing a week in advance. As a child, I would watch my mother deep clean the house a week before Diwali, making it ready for “Lakshmi Pravesh” (the entering of Goddess Lakshmi inside the home).  Lakshmi is symbolized as the Goddess of Abundance, and more so of Wealth and Prosperity.  So, it was an important ritual every year to prepare for Diwali and give Her a welcome fit for a Goddess.

Celebrating 5 Days of Diwali

Every year around October and November, Hindus around the world celebrate Diwali, a festival of lights that stretches back more than 2,500 years. And in India, the five-day celebration marks the biggest holiday of the year.

Dussehra – Celebrating Victory

Hindu festivals have a long tradition of lifting our spirits and bringing rays of sunshine and hope back into our lives. I am not sure if they were designed in such a way, but they seem to be the perfect panacea.  Dussehra is just such a festival, celebrated in September / October, the exact date is set per the lunar calendar each year.  As the weather slowly changes from summer to autumn, the days start to get shorter, making the morning air chiller, and our spirits damper .