Diwali ~ The Festival of Lights!
Lest we give short shrift to our Eastern friends, smack in the middle of Tell a Dragon Tale Week (and, yes!, all Dragon Tales are still welcome!) is Diwali, or the Festival of Lights. As any dracophile will tell you, this is a delightful time for Dragons around the world.
Diwali, like Month of the Dragon itself, is a moveable feast, celebrated by Hindu, Jain, Sikh, and Buddhist, in the nations around the Indian Ocean and across the world, around the Caribbean Sea. Occurring sometime between mid-October and mid-November, it is a festival of joy, wishes, fireworks, and sweets – all thing Dragons embrace! It is also a time when intricate rice/flour paintings or rangoli are created on floors and in courtyards as sacred greetings for the gods. A bit of common sense advice: ask your Dragons to stay clear of the paintings, as they are fragile and can be dispersed with the slightest whoosh of Dragon wings.
Diwali is a time to rejoice in the Inner Light, the underlying Reality of All Things.
Including Dragons, of course!
So Happy Diwali, one and all!