Look at these glorious images with all the Indian colors. In a few hours, my Indian friends will begin their celebration ! Happy Diwali!
Celebration of Light with candles twinkling in the winter night! Welcome to the biggest Indian festival, lasting for five days, and filled with color and joy. . . .Diwali. The candles make me think of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, White Dog Festival ( Iroquois Native American Festival) and Christmas…..light in the winter darkness. Diwali began as a religious festival to celebrate good overcoming evil, but today it is celebrated by most Indians regardless of religion as a beginning of the New Year. It is the beginning of the Hindu calendar year and is the celebration of blessings, life, and family. It is as important in India as Christmas is in the United States.
Preparations begin with shopping: Ah , the vibrant Indian colors. . . . .
Special sweets are purchased. . . .
Ganesha and lights. . . .
Decorations. . . .
New candle holders or lamps in the traditional colors of red and gold. . . . .
Rangoli or welcoming designs made from crushed, colored rice are chosen for the outside of the door to welcome family and friends. . . .
Now to create it. . . .
Decorations in the house or yard. . . .
Gifts and greeting cards are exchanged with family and friends. New clothes represent the beginning of a New Year. There are religious observances and celebrations of various stories of mythology. Most ares in India celebrate a different myth, but all celebrate good conquering evil.
The pictures are so lovely, I couldn’t choose just one!
This is a Sikh lighting Diwali candles with the Golden Temple in the background. (One of my favorite places. )
“India, a country where many faiths, languages , and people of diverse groups dwell (mostly) in unity!”
Pictures from Huffington Post and Google Images, Public Domain.
Namaste. . . . . . This Is Incredible India Celebrating Diwali!