Diwali is an Indian festival that celebrates the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and truth over deceit. The story of Diwali is based on the epic tale of Ramayana. However, I will not discuss it here as it would be a really long post if I do so and although the festival has its origin in Hindu scriptures, in India, people of every religion celebrate it - just like Christmas, Eid or Gurunanak Jayanti. Moreover, since I was a kid, I have been too busy feasting and being merry to dwell upon the religious aspect of any holiday.
The streets on Diwali night are filled with strings of lights and the houses glitter with innumerable rows of diyas (lamps) and candles. The aroma of delicious sweets and snacks emanates from every house. Everyone dons his/her best traditional outfit and shares gifts with friends and family. Holidays are indeed happy times!
Alas! This time I and my hubby were a long, long way from home on Diwali. So, to escape all the loneliness, we decided to make the best of it. We did a lot of cooking (although it was not even half the amount of cooking that is done back home on Diwali), lit a few candles and dressed up traditionally.
Here are the pictures. Hope you enjoy it!
Red & Golden Sari and Blouse with Crystal and Bead Work (similar here), Golden Jhumkas(earrings)(similar here), Red Glass Bangles (similar here) - Local Indian Boutiques and Street Vendors
Sandals - Inc 5
Photographer: Ashutosh Vidyarthi
My friends and readers who have not yet visited India, do consider visiting India during Diwali or any such festival and you will certainly have a lot of fun! :)