KATHMANDU, Oct 28: Tihar or Deepawali is one of the major festivals widely celebrated in Nepal. Tihar known as the festival of lights not only eliminates darkness but also marks the victory of good over evil. The spirit of Tihar lies in spreading happiness, love and light in everyone’s life. But this year, you can try going beyond that. Do not just illuminate your house with flashy lights and candles. Go beyond and light up someone’s life!
So, what can you do?
Visit an old-age home
Spend time with the elderly people there. As we grow up, we forget how precious the older generation is. We mostly get busy in our lives and the older folks are often left behind. So, this festival can be a right time to spend time with them.
Celebrate with underprivileged people
We always go on making huge statements about how the change begins from us but never try to implement it. We’ve always pampered ourselves with yummy foods, fancy clothes and adding precious valuables every year. But, there are some people who are less fortunate and crave for little things that have no value to us. We can donate clothes, food or even distribute gifts and enjoy the festival with those people.
Try getting a bit more traditional
The markets are filled with fairy, shadow and disco lights and we go buy them to flaunt our idea of designing. But in our process of buying these fancy lights many people are bearing heavy losses. Let’s get traditional and buy earthen lamps (diyos) from potters that light up our homes as well as the world of those roadside hawkers.
Feed the strays
Instead of tying their tails with a firecracker and bursting them, feed some scrumptious meal that you cook for yourselves. It won’t make a difference but the change starts within you.
Donate your earnings from card games
We spent so much of time playing card games during Tihar and sometimes also make a double of what we spend. But, we don’t ‘really’ need that money, do we? But there are many who do.