On the occasion of diwali I've to ask, should Indian Buddhists celebrate diwali?

Because recently I've read dark history behind diwali:

  • Tthat Tathagata Gautama Buddha had entrusted the team with the Saraiputa and Mahamoggalan. He made Dhanmaseva for 44 years. The entire generation of Kartik Purnima was performed. The 15-day Kartik Amavasa (New moon of November) Mahamoggalan was brutally murdered on the Isigil mountain, that day was of Diwali.

  • The last Buddhist king of Maurya Brahadrath, was brutally murdered by Brahmin commander Pushyamitra Shung. That day was of Kartik Amavassa(Diwali, New moon of November). The Buddhist power was overturned. The monks are slaughtered. Pushyamitra Sung left the decree for giving 100 gold coins to cut the monk's head. Viharas, Stupas was destroyed. That day was Kartik Amavasya (Diwali, New moon of November).

  • Conferred best King Bali of the Bahujana and was murdered in a fraudulent by vishnu.
    Their power, science, education, wealth were taken away. Their children were killed one after the other. On the day of Bali Pratipada, victim King Bali was assassinated. That day was Kartik Amavasya (Diwali, New moon of November).

Therefore, Buddhists, the Bahujans(Indian backward people who being Buddhist after Dr. B. R Ambedkar gave gift of Buddhism to them) should not celebrate Diwali festival.

But other thing is about diwali that Emperor Ashoka started the Digvijay campaign this day. The public had greeted them by burning lamps.

Also In Buddhism, after 18 years, Gautam Buddha returned to Kapilavastu with followers on this day. Then Diwali was celebrated burning millions of lamps in their reception by the citizens. During his first discourse, Buddha gave a new dimension to Deepawali(Diwali) by preaching:

"Atha Deepa Bhava".

So let me know with what perspective we have to celebrate or not this day? Cause there's no importance of new moon in Buddhism and observance day is on full moon.

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It's a Hindu festival. So a Buddhist should not be a part of the religious aspect of the festival. That does not mean a Buddhist cannot meet up with his Hindu relatives and have a good time.

  • Yes you are right but there's so many festivals in India like that, that has dark history. They celebrated as someone's defeat. In question mentioned (Diwali, New moon of November). That occasions they made consciously and celebrate defeat of someone. This isn't humanity. We Indians don't believe in hinduism cause it's mythologically and ideologically developed religion. Also nothing is there to achieve peace. I would not accept them because whats wrong in them but for humanity and kindness I'm always there. It's my first religion. I pardon and Thanks a lot. – Swapnil Oct 16 '17 at 16:18
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    You are welcome! Staying away is ok, if they are celebrating something bad. But you can also guide your friends/relatives to celebrate something wholesome, if they are receptive to you. – Sankha Kulathantille Oct 16 '17 at 16:33
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    Yeah I do the same to my friends, relatives. My parents and siblings too I speak a lot but they don't stop following hindusim fest and rituals. I'm afraid but I don't let them do those rites and rituals cause I want 100% Buddhism in my family. Thanks a lot for your invaluable time. – Swapnil Oct 17 '17 at 5:09

We have to celebrate and cheerish the moments Buddha s return to kapilavastu with his enlightened preachings "Atha Deepa Bhava".

Why to remember the darker side of the day.. Can add a condolences to the great souls.. https://www.google.co.in/amp/s/o-meditation.com/2010/05/21/appa-deepo-bhava-osho/amp/

  • Thank you. May Buddha bless you. – Swapnil Nov 6 at 5:13

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