Diwali (The Festival of Lights) and Occupational Therapy

Updated: Nov 9, 2020

By Charmi Shah - Occupational Therapist, Therapy Forum Lead

The word Diwali is coined from the Sanskrit word Deepavali, which means row of lamps. Also known as festival of lights, Diwali is the most popular Hindu festival, that spiritually signifies ‘victory of light over darkness’! This cultural and spiritual festival is celebrated in India and by Indian origin people around the world.

As occupational therapists, we talk about our holistic approach to treatments, but we usually forget our fourth dimension - spirituality. Spirituality is more than just believing in a god or goddess; it’s more than religion and faith; it is about hope, about being ourselves and reflecting on it. It is a path towards finding our inner light and reaching the stage of self-actualisation (remember Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs). Even if we cringe over this, let us accept the fact that humans are spiritual beings!

Besides being spiritual in nature, festivals like Diwali also add a sense of participation and belonging to a community. They strengthen family bonds and relationships, while adding a sense of happiness and value.

Incorporating spirituality and activities related to festivities in our treatments can make us holistic in a true sense. This is what occupational therapy is all about: Adding meaning to life!

“Like Diwali, occupational therapy is the hope that glimmers in the darkest hour"

This festive season, keep enlightening and enriching lives.

Greetings from India. Wishing you all a Happy Diwali!

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