Happy Diwali πŸŽ†βœ¨πŸŽ‡

Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. It is celebrated on the month of October/November.

Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn (northern hemisphere) or Spring (southern hemisphere) every year. Diwali is one of the largest and brightest festivals in India. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of good over evil. The preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika.

Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best traditional outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity. After puja, fireworks follow, then a family feast including mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends.

Diwali is an important festival for Hindus. The name of festive days as well as the rituals of Diwali vary significantly among Hindus, based on the region of India. the festivities start with Dhanteras(in Northern & Western part of India), followed by Naraka Chaturdasi on second day, Deepavali on the third day, Diwali Padva dedicated to wife–husband relationship on the fourth day, and festivities end with Bhau-beej dedicated to sister–brother bond on the fifth day.

So these days I was busy with Diwali preparations, making paper lanterns,Β diyas, rangoli, Β sweets but now all set for the Diwali celebration. This is our second Diwali in USA πŸ™‚

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It was fun making the lantern.

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Traditional rangoli is different thanΒ this one, I made it from those decorative (blue& pink) stones called kundan! Kundan Rangoli! This can be used as multipurpose you can make combinations out of it and it’s mobile πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š

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I painted this traditional diyasΒ on the occasion of Diwali, every year I paint diyas and gift to my friends and relatives. Β The middle one is the floating diya, you can keep the candle on the top with some flower petals in the water and sprinkle some sparkles over it Β and Β place it on a dining table or coffee table.

The best thing is my mom sent me a parcel from India, all home made sweets and fewΒ surprise gifts. So I thought let’s share my joy with you and wish you all a Happy Diwali πŸŽ‰πŸ’πŸΌβœ¨πŸ’«πŸŽ‡πŸŽ†πŸŽπŸŽŠ

 

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