published in The Asian Weekly, Edition 582 ( 29th Oct to 4th Nov 2021) The Festival of LightsBy Sikiladi It’s time once again to be celebratingEach Hindu household’s spring cleaningDharma teaches hygiene and clean livingAlong with prayers and family gathering The festival of Lights brings sorts of delightsMithai and traditional farsan tasty bitesThe rows of … Continue reading The Festival of Lights
PARYUSHAN PARVA : The Festival of Forgiveness
Paryushan Parva is an annual Jain festival linked to forgiveness. Members of Jain Community are meant to be observing a strict fasting period for ten days, maintaining abstinence from all worldly pleasures. During this period they nurture their soul by staying simplistic and virtuous in keeping with the teachings of their religion.
They ask for forgiveness from all that could have hurt any sentiments knowingly or unknowingly by them and also forgive anyone who has hurt them in any way.