One of the most popular and important holidays was just recently celebrated in India. Diwali, also called the Festival of Lights, is a momentous event in which millions of people gather together to commemorate “inner light” and “goodness.” It is not only celebrated by Hindus, but Sikhs and Jains as well. 

The word Diwali originates from the Sanskrit word deepavali, which means “rows of lighted lamps.” Houses and businesses are decorated with diyas, which are oil lamps. These lamps represent the inner light within them that guards them against spiritual darkness. 

The festival lasts five days long. The first day is typically for shopping, especially for gold and silver. The second day is spent decorating the home. The third day is the most important day of the festival, celebrated with a big feast and fireworks. On the fourth day spouses give each other gifts, and the final day is dedicated to brothers and sisters spending time together. 

The main idea of Diwali is celebrating the triumph of good over evil, according to the ancient legend of Lord Rama. Lord Rama is one of the many Hindu gods who was exiled for fourteen years but ultimately defeated the evil spirit Ravana. Millions of people cling to this story, rejoice in this story, and dedicate their whole lives to this story. However, this story will not save them. 

The people of India celebrate goodness, yet there is no goodness in them. They dedicate a festival to celebrate light, yet they are living in darkness. They celebrate new beginnings, yet they are dead in their sins. 

Many people in India have almost no knowledge of true righteousness, which is only in Jesus Christ. Their works are as filthy rags. They hope in a misleading message that will not bring them salvation, but instead will send them to hell. 

Please pray for our family as we endeavor to take the gospel to the unbelieving people of India. Pray that God will raise up more laborers to take the truth to this needy country.