Sri Lanka post issued a special stamps to commemorate Deepavali, the festival of lights, the victory of Goodness over Evil and Light over Darkness.
Deepavali is the festival of lights and is celebrated by Hindu community all over the world.
The symbolism of Deepavali is the act of lightning the oil Lamp.
Deepavali means ‘Row of Lights’ (Sanskrit: dipa = lamp / awali = row, line).
The Sri Lankan stamp features the image of Diya spreading light and removing darkness.
The First Day Cover carries the stamp with cancellation at tree temple Colombo.
The FDC features the artistic image of Krishna the Saviour, closely associated with Diwali.
Deepavali – the festival of lights
Deepavali is the Major festival of Hindus and is celebrated on the 15th day of Kartika, according to the Hindu calendar.
Diwali celebrations may last for up to five days and marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year.
There are many myths associated with the celebration of Deepavali.
This festival commemorates Lord Rama’s return to his kingdom Ayodhya after completing his 14-year exile.
The myths around Rama and Ravana are told during another holiday, known as Dussehra or Vijaya Dashami.
During Diwali people cleans their houses and wear new clothes. The festival is celebrated together with friends and family.
Each doorway boasts a beautiful, vividly-coloured picture created out of flour, rice or flower petals.
Known as ‘rangoli’, these artworks are created to usher deities into the home, so that they can bless the household for the year ahead.
This festival is celebrated in West Bengal as “Kali Puja”, and Kali, Shiva’s consort, is worshipped during Diwali.
The Diwali festival in southern India often commemorates the conquering of the Asura Naraka, a king of Assam who imprisoned many people. It is believed that Krishna freed the prisoners.
Many Buddhists in India mark anniversary of the Emperor Ashoka’s conversion to Buddhism around the time of Diwali.
People who observe Jainism mark the anniversary of Mahavira’s (or Lord Mahavir) attainment of nirvana on October 15, 527 BCE.
Mahavira established the central spiritual ideas of Jainism. Many Jains celebrate the Festival of Lights in his honor.
Title: Deepavali Greetings from Sri Lanka
Date of Issue: 10 November 2015
Country: Sri Lanka
Denominations: Rs. 10
Source: Sri Lanka Stamps