A very happy Diwali to all my readers and all those who I can’t directly wish so considering the vast gap that technology can still not measure up in connecting us all physically.
Diwali or Dipaballi as well know is an Indian celebration in the month of November although the dates might alter to nearing the months of October or December considering the fact that Indian vernacular calendar is measured wrt the motion of moon and not the modern solar calendar which is most precise for mos of civilian time measurements on our planets. That simply means celebrations such as this might alter to weeks if not months altogether. I don’t have a data centric information regarding how much Diwali alters though, in terms of a Julian Calendar.
Thankfully much of our important transactions are based on the sun based calculations which means, in modern times, a great deal of corrections coming from the sidereal constants of motion. A sidereal constant of motion refers to having to fix all references wrt to distant stars so that fluctuations coming from sun or Intra-solar objects such as planetary perturbations itself can be properly accounted for.
Now coming back onto the idea of Diwali I am not going to delve into how much we want to signify it as a victory of morality over evil, and how much myth is important in our philosophical and existential moorings, such as how a monster by the name of Holika — gender specifically the feminine form of evil was killed by Sri Krushna.
I never like to take exceptions to how much vilification outdated traditions of our heritage and culture entails, and robustly establishes into a modern and civic society, which aims to be progressive and free from malice at the same time. The reason is I never see much intellectual debates that are free from wishful thinking and hypocrisy on one extreme and blindfolded adherence and a ready to die or kill attitude of the right wing inclinations in support of the veracity and usefulness of such traditional ‘wisdom’ and folklore.