Over many centuries, Diwali has become a national festival for almost all Indians around the world. Despite having many different communities and regions that observe Diwali in their own unique ways, the common belief is that it is considered to be a Festival of Lights that eradicates all darkness and despair of the world. Little girl and I spent a day in Little India, Singapore to enjoy the Deepavali atmosphere & celebration. I brought my old trusty Canon 6D and Canon 24-105mm for this walk.
The Five Days of Diwali
Diwali is celebrated over five days in most of North India. All the days except Diwali are named using the designation in the Indian calendar. A lunar half-month is 15 days. Diwali as a new-moon day marks the last day of a 15-day period.
Day 1 – People consider it auspicious to spring clean the home and shop for gold or kitchen utensils.
Day 2 – People decorate their homes with clay lamps and create design patterns called rangoli on the floor using colored powders or sand.
Day 3 – It is the main festival when families gather together for Lakshmi puja, a prayer to Goddess Lakshmi followed by big family feasts and firework festivities.
Day 4 – It is the first day of the new year when friends and relatives visit with gifts and best wishes for the season.
Day 5 – It is the last day of Diwali when brothers visit their married sisters who welcome them with love and a good meal.
Festival of Light and Sound
Diwali is one of the seven most important festivals of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, and mainly it is celebrated with name Deepavali. Also known as the Festival of Sound, this day is very popular with children who celebrate Diwali because of the excitement of bursting firecrackers. Special shops are also set up to sell firecrackers for this reason. Some of our friends from India also told me that many well-to-do families tend to spend a little more during this festive season.
In many other countries, such as Mauritius, Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Japan, Thailand, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Britain, Australia, Guyana, Surinam and Fiji, Diwali is celebrated as a national festival, as thousands of Indians have been staying in these countries for several generations.
According to Wikipedia online, wisdom is represented by the elephant in the form of the deity Ganesh, one of the most popular gods in the Hindu religion‘s pantheon. Elephant statues are also popular worldwide – it is a common superstition that an elephant carving or picture should always face the door if you want to bring good luck.
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