Today is Narak Chaturdasi or Choti Dipawali, the second day of Diwali that falls on the fourteenth day of Krishna Paksh.Today is all about killing your inner demons with the power of light.

It is also about remembering our ancestors. According to Hindu mythology our ancestors expect something from us today even though they might have left us years ago. If they did not play their Karma game right, our ancestors might not have reached the doors of Heaven just yet. Since, light helps us see the path to God, we can help them in their journey by placing a row of diyas or clay lamps outside the entrance to our homes tonight.

My kids look forward to lighting the token 21 diyas tonight, 7 for our prayer altar and 14 to be strategically placed at doors and windows.

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