Thursday, 23 October 2014

Happy Diwali!

Diwali is the festival of light. It celebrates light over darkness or good over evil. During this festival wealth, health and good fortune are celebrated and also prayed for the coming year. It is spread over 4 days, each day is significant to one god or  legend. 

Day 1: This day celebrates Lord Krishna 
Day 2: Today special attention is payed to Lakshmi (The goddess of wealth)
Day 3: Lord Vishnu banished a tyrant "Bali" to hell allowing him to return to earth once per year to light millions of lamps and dispel darkness and evil.
Day 4: On this day sisters invite their brothers to there home for a blessing.

During the 4 days of celebration there are parties held, special prayers (puja) at the temples and every inch of the place is decorated with colourful lights and flowers, Playing cards is also a popular pastime during Diwali!

These following photos are compliments of Billy's family in Nepal.
 Beautiful flower petals are used to decorate as a tribute to Godess Lakshmi
 Fireworks and crackers can be seen and heard over the 4 days as the festival of "Light" takes place
During the biggest Hindu festival of the year, houses are decorated with colourful light much like the equivalent to Christmas.

With light and love, Rachael x

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