Festival of Lights – Diwali

Happy Diwali.. 🙂

Deepavali.. a Hindu Festival celebrated in autumn every year  with great enthusiasm and happiness in India. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.

Diwali is celebrated around the world, particularly in countries with significant populations of Hindu, Jain and Sikh origin. It is celebrated in almost all the Asian countries, parts of Arab’s, Australia, New Zealand and  also in some parts of Africa.

Satellite picture of India taken NASA satellite on a Diwali evening.

Satellite picture of India taken NASA satellite on a Diwali evening.

Its celebration include millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings. In India, Diya( Oil Lamp) is decorated. Diya’s are available in nearby and are made up of clay. An Indian potter paints earthenware lamps ahead of Diwali.

A women painting the diya's.

A women painting the Diya’s.

A Diya placed in temples and used to bless worshipers is referred to as an Aarti. Diya’s adorn every corner of the house on this very auspicious day and add fervor to the festive spirit.Moreover, a Diya also symbolizes knowledge.

Diya or Deepak, an oil lamp usually made from clay, with a cotton wick dipped in ghee or vegetable oil.

Diya or Deepak on top of a rangoli, an oil lamp usually made from clay, with a cotton wick dipped in ghee or vegetable oil.

Rangoli, a folk art from India can be seen on every doorstep. Rangoli patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals.

Colored Rice for Rangoli making

Colored Sand for Rangoli making

The purpose of Rangoli is decoration, and it is thought to bring good luck. Girls, boys and women’s create Rangoli and other creative patterns on floors, near doors and walkways.

A Rangoli design with diya's on top.

A Rangoli design with diya’s on top.

Decorative materials and statue of Goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesha are brought to home.

Decorative Materials and statue of deities.

Decorative Materials and statue of deities.

The statue are decorated by pushp(flowes) and wore cloths. Later in the evening, during the pooja (prayer ritual) performed to host, honor and worship one or more deities.

Marigold flowers sold for decorating house.

Marigold flowers sold for decorating house.

Pooja ki thali is used to do Pooja and Aarti.

A plate decorated with Diya's and Marigold Flowes for Aarti.

Puja ki Thali, a plate decorated with Diya’s and Marigold Flowes.

Statue’s of Lord Ganesha and modern day Diya’s.

Pookja Ki Thali


Diwali is one of the happiest of holidays in India, with significant preparations. People clean their homes and decorate them for the festivities. Diwali is one of the biggest shopping seasons in India; people buy new clothes for themselves and their families, gifts, appliances, kitchen utensils, small to big ticket items such as cars and gold jewelry. People also buy gifts for family members and friends which typically includes sweets, dry fruits and seasonal specialties depending on regional harvest and customs.

Special Sweets during Diwali.

Special Sweets during Diwali.

Girls and women go shopping. It is also the period when little kids hear ancient stories, legends, myths and battle between good and evil, light and darkness from their parents and elders.  Youth and grown ups graduate to helping with lighting and preparing for patakhe (fireworks).

Crackers are burn during  Diwali eve.

Crackers are burn during Diwali eve.

Happiness is in the air, it’s Diwali everywhere, let’s show some love and care.

Wish you all a Happy Diwali, Namaste. 🙂


43 thoughts on “Festival of Lights – Diwali

  1. Nice description about Diwali! I live in the Netherlands, and there’s an Indian community in here as well. They organized a Diwali here last weekend, which was colorful and beautiful. A lot of dance and music, beautiful clothes, good food, and good atmosphere. Never seen something like that before.. Would be interesting to see the real thing in India, though!

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    1. Thanks!
      Ya, In every part of the world, Indian communities celebrate Diwali. It is a combo of food, new cloths and lighting up of surrounding.
      I hope you get a invitation today from the Indian community nearby, as today is Diwali. Start getting ready for the evening. 😀
      Happy Diwali.:)
      Thanks for putting up!

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      1. Thank you!! I had to share this one, your post was so nicely written and beautiful photos. What a nice festival for a good cause. Happy Diwali !!

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  2. Reblogged this on Expat For Now and commented:
    This weekend in Holland I got to enjoy a local style- Indian festival of lights- Diwali. Plenty of dance, music, shiny and beautiful Indian dresses, delicious and spicy Indian food, and a lot of laughter! Maybe one day I’ll get to experience the real thing!

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    1. Hi Ra,
      Good to hear that your dad is Malayali, you have a great chance of celebrating the festival in the upcoming years. 😉
      Thanks for putting up 🙂


  3. Great post! Beautiful photos and words. I saw a few ‘happy Diwalis’ in my FB feed and did mean to look it up, but now thanks to you I know what it’s about. I LOVE any kind of lights-teelights, fairy lights, Christmas lights, fireworks… What a brilliant idea. Happy (belated) Diwali! 🙂


    1. Thanks Michelle .. 🙂 Belated Happy Diwali to you too 😉
      The form of lights you have mentioned are just fabulous to the eyes.
      Thanks for pausing by!


  4. Perfect timing to read this post, just a year later 😉 Happy Diwali 2015 to you A 🙂 I love how you describe the Festival of Lights so clearly and the photos are very beautiful with all the light and color. 🙂 You write so well 😀


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