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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.
I think, in many cases our Euro-centric world tends to focus on the "standard" holidays - Easter/Christmas, Yom Kippur, Ramadan, etc. There are other religions and other celebrations in the world that have equal merit. As someone who walks a solo path, I try to acknowledge many of the world's celebrations because there is some validity in each of them. Goddess bless :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
Oh, yum! I could go for some of those myself. Maybe I'll treat myself to a few on Wednesday :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
Thank you for sharing - the art is beautiful, and I especially enjoyed hearing about the meaning behind the days.
I do think it is important to look at belief systems that are not necessarily the "standard" ones. These can enrich our lives so much. Thanks for your comment :-)

- Erulisse (one L)