engarian (engarian) wrote,
engarian
engarian

A Week of Diwali

This week is Diwali, also known as Deepavali. It is the Hindu New Year and begins two days before the new moon, sometime between October 14 and November 13.




Ganesh always looks so happy. Let him cheer you today


Today is Dhanteras, two days before the New Moon. Today homes and businesses are cleaned and renovated. Doors are adorned with torans, entryways are decorated with rangoli and it is a lucky day to purchase dhan - gold, jewelry and new kitchen utensils.



Lakshmi is beautiful. Notice the elephants in the background.


Tuesday will be Choti Diwali. The home is cleaned thoroughly and the broom placed near the alter. Lakshmi visits the cleanest homes first (she wouldn't be visiting mine, that's for sure!). Her small footprints are patterned onto the floor with a mix of rice flower and vermillion powder, or rice paper and a red pen can mark footprints to be taped onto the floor. Bathe in fragrent oils and purchase new clothes. Food for the alter include sweets made from coconut, almonds, pistachios, nutmeg, ginger, sesame and poppy seeds.

I'll revisit Diwali on Wednesday, my favorite of the five days, but here are some pictures of Ganesh and Lakshmi for you to enjoy. Happy Diwali to my friends in India.
Tags: celebration, diwali, new year
Subscribe

  • Thoughts and Shout Outs

    Sharon says that she will pack T-shirts and capri pants for her Fair visit. I'm going to remind her that our nights will still be cool (thank the…

  • Wonderful Sunday Until the Steam Bath

    The Egyptian exhibit at the Science Museum that DH and I went to yesterday was wonderful. We spent almost 2-1/2 hours looking carefully at the…

  • Life is Returning to Normal

    So LJ is finally back up and running. We'll see how long this will last until the next DDoS attack, but I'm happy. I was able to get my latest…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 6 comments