Find your inner light at the Festival of Lights…

The name Diwali is a shortening of the word Dīpāvali, which literally translates into “row of lamps”. Traditionally, small clay lamps (divas) filled with oil are lit to signify the triumph of good over evil within. Diwali is also celebrated through fireworks, lights, flowers, sharing of sweets, and buying new things.

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Paint your brother’s forehead for good luck and he will give you sweets…

The fifth and last day of Diwali is Bhaiya Dooj (popularly know as Bhai Dooj or Bhai Bij and many other similar iterations depending on what part of India you go to). It is a day for sisters to pray for a long, happy and prosperous life for their brothers (“Bhaiya” or  Bhai”). Sisters put a tilak (or tika) on their brother’s forehead, and a mala (a necklace of flowers) around his neck to protect him from harm. In return brothers give gifts to their sisters as a token of their affection. 

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Happy Diwali.

It’s always nice to have a reminder of the light that exists in the world as we ease into the dark of winter. 

(photo via Paul Carvill)

Rangoli are beautiful patterns made of dye to welcome the Goddess Lakshami at Diwali
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Rangoli are beautiful patterns made of dye to welcome the Goddess Lakshami at Diwali

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