Diwali (the “festival of lights”) is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn (northern hemisphere) every year. This year, it is November 11-15. Diwali is the biggest and the brightest festival in India. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period.
On the same night that Hindus celebrate Diwali, Jains celebrate a festival of lights to mark the attainment of moksha by Mahavira, and Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas.
John 8:12 (ESV)
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Our Father in heaven,
We declare to the Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs living in the Mississippi Delta that Jesus is the light of the world. Whoever follows Him will not walk in darkness, but have the light of life. Prepare their hearts for this great truth. Bring them into contact with Christians through their daily walk and the through the media. May the light of Christ blaze forth from the empty tomb into their hearts today. Amen.