Friday, October 28, 2011

Special Day - Deepawali

Deepawali (Festival of Lights) has a special meaning in the hearts of every Indian. For Hindus, it is the day when Lord Rama returned to his kingdom Ayodhya after 14 years of exile, for Jains, it is the day when the last Jain Tirthankara (24th), Lord Mahavira attained Nirvana or Moksha and for the rest of the mass, it is a day of spiritual awareness and enlightenment when prayers are done for Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of money) and Lord Ganesha (God of Blessings and Good Luck). For the new generation, it is a day of celebration when they engage themselves in activities like playing cards, drinking alcohol, partying with friends and family and enjoying fireworks.

2011 Deepawali became a memorable day for our family. We all were under the same roof after 10 longs years to celebrate this auspicious day. Ladies decorated the house with oil filled clay lamps, flowers and garlands, made delicious sweets, dressed up in traditional dresses like sarees and lehanga, gold jewellery, kids had fun with crackers and fireworks, elders performed rituals and prayers in old forgotten traditional ways, taught and explained the little ones what each ritual meant and why ancestors did them and then everyone filled their tummies with delicious authentic Indian food.

This day will be remembered by all for years and years to come. Here are some of the pictures that I managed to capture with my small lenses.

(Lord Ganesha)
(Clay Lamps)

(Pooja Thali/Tray)

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