October 19th was one of the biggest celebrations in India.  It's called Diwali, and it's the Festival of Lights.  

Diwali, also called Deepavali, means "a row of lamps" in Sanskrit.  It's a five day festival, with the third day being the actual day of Diwali.    


Traditionally on Diwali, people participate in filling little clay lamps with oil and wick and lighting them in rows all over the house.  The light that is represented during Diwali is a metaphor for knowledge.  


According to DiwaliFestival.Org, the central theme of all the legends surrounding the origins of Diwali point to the classic truth of the victory of good over evil.

On October 20th, the Doshi Family in Texas chose to celebrate Diwali with a special purpose.  Having heard about the special needs orphans at ISRC in Kolkata, they raised funds at their Diwali event to provide them with nutritious meals.


They along with their guests generously donated $1,000 which funded one year of meals for 2 children, and an additional 7 months of meals for a 3rd child.     


Diwali inspired the Doshi Family, and they inspire us!  

See more pictures from their event here.