|Massachusetts Diwali Themed Flag - An Old World Indian|
Note that Diwali falls 'on the darkest night' which can fall in October or November, likewise Hanukkah can fall anywhere from November to December.
In much of India, the festival of Diwali is a cherished holiday. Many countries with significant India populations, like Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago also recognize it.
In contrast, for much of USA, this world wide festival of lights is much of an off the radar mystery. But things are changing, surely and slowly schools, and Western commercial calendars are recognizing this holiday. Perhaps someday in the near future, Diwali will gain recognition to "weather graphic status." Meaning, that someday a small icon like a Rangoli or Diya lamp will appear on your local weekly weather forecast; Christmas and Hanukkah always get a weather graphic as does Thanksgiving, Halloween, Kwanzaa, and the 4th of July.
|Diya Lamps of Diwali|
It's like the confusion created with the word for 'hot' for food. Is the food hot by temperature or hot by spice? Food can be hot in the sense of objective temperature, or it can be hot by causing a false burning sensation as induced by chili peppers. Sure, people try to say spicy, but spicy can also just mean spices in the sense of seasoning, and not all spices cause a burning sensation, even though the food may be lukewarm or room temperature. It's one of those things that nobody has managed to fix. Perhaps 'picante' is the best word to describe food has that has a 'heat-seasoning' flavor?
Another change on Massachusetts' flag is the arm coming from the wreath. The English-man's sword is replaced with one arm of Vishnu holding his sacred Gada. A Gada is a type of weapon, a kin to a mace, yet it has a deeper meaning. The gentile would mistake it as a rattle, yet it is much more. It typically represents strength and power, both of the body and the mind. Finally the wreath has is bright colours, as found within designs of the Rangoli. Rangoli are colourful floral like patterns often made from sand.
|Virginia State Flag Chanukized|
In this case the holiday of Hanukkah is honored. The Virginia state flag has been Hanukkized with the spirit of Hebrew lights. The flag fits so perfectly, as the woman stands triumphantly on a Dictator. Likewise Hanukkah is partly a celebration of God's preminent voice over the Olympian Gods of Greece. However for the Virginia's Hanukkaized flag, a Hebrew woman holds the scrolls of the Torah in her left hand and completely lit Menorah in her right hand. She is stands on a Greco-Selucid tyrant. The fallen crown of the king is replaced with a dreidel, showing the letters Shin, which has the three arms and Hey. Also the Latin phrase of Sic Semper Tyrannis has been translated in the Hebrew:לכן תמיד לרודנים.
If ya didn't know, dreidels are used to gamble as a spinning top game to win prizes. The rules are really simple. Depending on which side it lands you can win the pot (Letter Gimmel- the Santa Face), get some of the pot (Letter Hey- the Fireplace Stocking), give to pot (Letter Shin - Give to Charity Heart), or have nothing happen (Letter Noon- a Simple Snowflake). Coincidentally during the Hindu Festival of lights, gambling is a set tradition too!
Although Hinduism and Judaism are universes apart, they are coming closer and closer, like the union of the Milky Way with Andromeda Galaxy. Certainly in the future, when Diwali is honored as much as Hanukkah in the United States, the world will be different place. Maybe someday the US Post Office will finally issue Diwali themed Postage Stamps? No doubt, we will see that day.
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Santatastic Flag of West VA here!