It’s Diwali (or Deepawali in Sanskrit) in India at the moment, the major 5 day Hindu festival of light’s triumph over darkness, of good over evil. In terms of celebration and scale, it’s like Christmas in countries like mine, Australia. It’s huge! New clothes are bought, sweets are eaten, fire crackers are burst and time is spent with family and friends. Diyas (small lamps) are lit in windows and rooftops and terraces. Today (November 1st) is actually the last day of Diwali in 2016 with the 3rd day being perhaps the most important. On this day pujas (prayers) are made to Lakshmi, the Goddess of fertility and prosperity.
I admit that I’ve never actually been in India for Diwali, although I would very much love to one day. I sense a lovely feeling of excitement, hope and celebration from my friends there and I love seeing everyone’s well-wishes all over Facebook.
This photo was taken at another time from a little boat on the holy Ganges River in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh in North India. I bought some diays from a vendor and set them alight and afloat whilst making my own little pujas for the people in my life that I love.