Monday, October 21, 2013

Celebrating Diwali

Known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali or Deepavali is celebrated by Hindus across the world to mark the triumph of good over evil. Lghting oil lamps and bursting firecrackers are the norm during this occasion.

Diwali celebrations typically last for four days. Comprising rituals that honour the bond between mother and child, husbands and wives as well as brothers and sisters.

The vastness and diversity of India and the richness of its history truly comes to life during this sacred festival.

While Deepavali commemorates Lord Rama’s homecoming in the North, during this festival Hindus in the South pay homage to Lord Krishna’s defeat of the demon Naraka, a powerful king of Assam who controlled all the kingdoms on earth and imprisoned thousands of people. This day was henceforth known as NarakaChaturdashi – the first day of Deepavali and the beginning of four days of festivities in South India

Dry Fruit Bazaars for the festival.

Get ready to eat, pray, love

Beautiful diya arrangements

Diwali celebrations

Diwali Market

Deepavali, or Diwali in North India is believed to be the time when Lord Rama, an incarnation of the God Vishnu, defeated and killed the evil King Ravana, returning to his home after fourteen years in exile according to the great Hindu epic ‘Ramayana’. Lord Rama’s homecoming was celebrated with lights, fireworks and the bursting of crackers, a tradition that is continued to this day in many northern Indian states.

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