Today is the first day of Diwali, the 5-day Festival of Lights sacred to the Hindu, Sikh and Jain spiritual traditions. The lighting of small oil lamps represents the triumph of good over evil and our emergence from spiritual darkness into the light. This festival also celebrates the inner light of all people.
Many Gods and Goddesses are celebrated during Diwali but two Goddesses in particular are honoured. First of all -- Lakshmi, the Goddess of Abundance, She who gives all the good things of life which money both can and cannot buy. May She smile upon all of us and shower us with Her blessings!