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Why does Cuemath love Diwali?

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Diwali is one of the most important festivals in India and everyone celebrates the life out of it with crackers, sweets, rangoli, Lakshmi Puja, Teen Patti, etc. Between all this dhamaal and excitement,  where does Math come? Try asking a Cuemathian and you will start seeing things in a new Mathematical light.

Don’t we all start counting the days before Diwali? Also, it falls on a different date every year but do you know why this happens? It is because of the change in position of the moon and the Hindu lunar calendar.

That’s not all.

Diwali would be incomplete without Math. Just like a box of sweets would be incomplete without your favourite item in it.

The word Diwali (deep + avali) means a row of lighted lamps. It is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama after 14 years of exile. It is a five day festival of lights where people decorate their houses with diyas and candles (see how the usual candles are long and cylindrical in shape). Business people start a new business day on Diwali after calculating their profit. This helps them judge how prosperous their year was. You may even enjoy playing cards, which involves probability, permutations and combinations and in the end, the one with the maximum money wins.

Moreover, people create rangoli artwork in patterns to decorate and brighten up their houses.

But then we thought, why make rangoli in patterns? What is the purpose of making it that way? Art can be plain, without any pattern and still seem exceptionally beautiful, so why brainstorm on getting that perfect pattern?

Here’s why:

  • Patterns create a certain sense of peace and calmness in your mind when you look at them.
  • They even set a particular frequency in your mind that helps you realise the importance of symmetry.
  • Mathematical shapes in these patterns bring out order from chaos and the different patterns define the true spirit of a colourful rangoli.

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The various crackers, sweets, boxes of sweets, Diwali lanterns, wall hangings, everything has a defined pattern to celebrate the spirit of Diwali.

Now imagine. Can you do it without Math?

More like, would you even be celebrating Diwali like you do today, if it wasn’t for Math?

The scope of Math is seamless and unbound. It is present everywhere you see, everywhere you go. Math is the guiding light of life because it is the language that connects us to the Universe. Moreover, the Universe is flooded with mysteries and it evokes us to unfold them. Only a curious and intrigued mind is passionate enough to unfold them for real and extract hidden answers.

So our mission at Cuemath is to guide these young, curious minds with the light of Math. What better occasion do we have other than Diwali, to distinguish Math as the guiding light?

Celebrate each day like you celebrate the occasion of Diwali- Join the amazing world of Cuemath !

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Aishwarya Sinha Ray

Aishwarya is a math expert and works with the Curriculum team at Cuemath. She believes in bringing out the "why" of every simple mathematical concept that we have learnt. Her articles focus on basic math and she makes them interesting by including simple puzzles and fun facts. Follow her articles to understand how passionate she is about making math interesting for us.