Diwali or Deepavali

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. . . . .

India Hindu Festival


Special sweets are purchased. . . .

India Hindu Festival

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. . . .

India FestivalGifts 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!


About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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46 Responses to Diwali or Deepavali

  1. Harsha says:

    Thank You Anne for this Post..Well I Wish you too Happy Diwali.. 😀 and may this lights bring prosperity to your life as well.. 😀


  2. Madhura says:

    Pictures are incredible! Wish you a Happy Diwali too! 🙂


  3. Trapper Gale says:

    Beautiful photos. Really enjoyed this.


  4. Reblogged this on Shivaay Delights and commented:
    Diwali in India ….beautifully written and portrayed by Anne x


  5. *So beautiful!* I’ve never seen a lovelier and better description of Diwali. The celebration of light and of good over evil is something we should *all* share. A happy and blessed celebration to you and your loved ones, and may the year ahead be a great joy in every way, my friend! Namaste.


  6. dalo2013 says:

    BEAUTIFUL… such great color, and life of this wonderful festival.


  7. Ankit Shah says:

    Reblogged this on Ankit Shah's Blog and commented:
    Superbly written and beautiful pics by Anne. Proud to be from the sub-continent Indian, where all festivals are celebrated with great spirit.


  8. Anjali says:

    Reblogged this on Blog For Anyone and commented:
    Diwali..Full of Colors and Lights!!!
    Thanks Anne x for a wonderful blog on Diwali – Festival of India.


  9. Anjali says:

    Happy Diwali Anne..May this Diwali brings you lot of joy and prosperity.
    Reblogged this on Blogforanyone and commented:
    Diwali..Full of Colors and Lights!!!
    Thanks Anne for a wonderful blog on Diwali – Festival of India.


  10. foodbod says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful photos. Namaste 🙏


  11. OyiaBrown says:

    Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.


  12. Madhu says:

    Hope your Diwali was joyful Annet.
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful gallery. The two variants of the name are adapted from the North and South Indian names for clay lamps. Diya in Hindi and Deepa in most South Indian languages. But you probably already know that 🙂


  13. joshi daniel says:

    colorful and beautiful 🙂


    • annetbell says:

      Indeed it is. India is just filled with wonderful colors all the time. An amazing place! I am so sorry we were not there during Diwali! But I love the story and the pictures! Namaste. . . . .


  14. Abhi says:

    Beautiful collections or photographs and colors. Very well written and i just loved going through it and feeling great that Diwali is also popular amongst people differ from indian tradition. Thankyou for covering such a great article.


    • annetbell says:

      You are most welcome. The photos were from the Public Domain of Google Images.


      • Abhi says:

        Its Deepavali in real but we short it for Diwali.


      • annetbell says:

        One of the other bloggers said it depended on the area of the country. I thought Deepavali was used in the south.


      • Abhi says:

        Yeah it is true , south people still call it deepavali…..and there a great story behind why we celebrate this festival. You might have heard about.ramayana and mahabharat, one of the greatest ever mythological stories of india which will let you know why and how most of the festivals are started here.


      • annetbell says:

        I will have to look those myths up as I am not familiar with them. If you are a reader there is another really good book about slum in Mumbai by an American woman married to an Indian man.
        She loves India , too.


    • annetbell says:

      India is very popular with lots of Americans with the influx of Indian people here to work and live. It all seems very magical and mysterious! Thank you for your kind words!


  15. Beautiful pictures, intriguing thoughts….love your blog, your views, love seeing India through your eyes … 🙂 Happy to have found you here !!


  16. Dimpy Roy says:

    Hi Anne,
    thanks for descripting Diwali festival in so wondeful way. Pictures are very lovely. I appreciate your passionate love for India.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. annetbell says:

    Reblogged this on TalesAlongTheWay and commented:

    These images are magnificent! Share in the joy of India. . . . Happy Diwali which begins tonight!


  18. Loretta says:

    How beautiful, love the pictures and the description – I may have to post it on my FB page so all my friends can learn and understand the true meaning. Great post! Happy Diwali!


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