||[Nov. 3rd, 2013|10:49 am]
Rangoli - decorations made from colored powder. Popular during Diwali. Photo via wikipedia.
"The word Diwali means 'rows of lighted lamps'. Diwali is known as the 'festival of lights' because houses, shops and public places are decorated with small earthenware oil lamps called diyas."
"For many Indians this five day festival honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth."
"In Britain, as in India, the festival is a time for:
- spring-cleaning the home,
- wearing new clothes
- exchanging gifts (often sweets and dried fruits) and preparing festive meals
- decorating buildings with fancy lights.
More info in wikipedia.
- huge firework displays often celebrate Divali."
"The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance, although the actual legends that go with the festival are different in different parts of India:
- In northern India and elsewhere, Diwali celebrates Rama's return from fourteen years of exile to Ayodhya after the defeat of Ravana and his subsequent coronation as king;
- In Gujarat, the festival honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth;
- In Nepal Diwali commemorates the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon king Narakaasura;
- In Bengal, it is associated with the goddess Kali."
via BBC on Diwali
http://www.diwalifestival.org/ - traditions, poems, essays, songs and other information about Diwali.
Diwali - The Festival of Lights - by WildFilmsIndia
President Obama celebrates Diwali (2009)
My personal thanks to my friend Ratan for Diwali greetings.