As a convert to Hinduism, I often struggle to find meaning in our festivals and holidays. They're fun, but what are we really celebrating? Sometimes it's hard to find the meaning of the holiday amid all the cheer.
Diwali for me has always been something empowering: a time to reflect on all of the positives within our lives -- our loving friends and family, our good health, and prosperity -- and realize what it is truly important.
I have a newfound meaning for Diwali. There is more to the festival of lights than lighting lamps, wearing fancy clothing and feasting. The real lesson of Diwali is to move beyond these material aspects in order to recognize the value light holds in our lives.