November 8, 2007

Festival of Lights: An Indian Christmas

Hope (by Kunal Daswani)

(photo courtesy: Kunal Daswani)

Today (8th November), Diwali is being celebrated by Hindu community in India. But, it is grown out of its 'religious festival' tag and now Indians living in every part of the world.

Deepavali night (by h_v_santhosh)

(photo courtesy: h_v_santhosh

Diwali or Deepavali is an Indian festival that signifies hope and victory of good over evil. It is as significant as Christmas for the rest of the world.

In the Indian mythology, 'Ramayana' it commemorates the victory of 'Lord Rama' (good) over the evil 'King Ravana'.

Indian Sweet shop (by Shooz)

(photo courtesy: Shooz)

People celebrate the victory of good by wearing new clothes, lighting lamps (deepas), bursting firecrackers, eating sweets and sharing good thoughts and words with other.

CIMG3063 (by isal_leuven)

(photo courtesy: isal_leuven)

If an Indian works with or studies with you, say 'Happy Diwali'.

Certainly, you would get lot of funny stories.

1 comment:

Rampantheart said...

Belated diwali wishes,thiru!