Friday, October 20, 2006

Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali to all my readers and since it's Eid next week.. Eid Mubarak in advance too



Pic from here

More information about Diwali (festival of lights) here . Another web site here as well to those of you curious about it.

Deepavali (Hindi: Diwali or Deepavali, Marathi: Tamil: Kannada: Deepavali) is a major Hindu festival. Known as the "Festival of Lights," it symbolises the victory of good over evil, and lamps are lit as a sign of celebration and hope for mankind. The festival of Diwali or Deepawali (literal meaning: lines of lamps) is rooted in the mythological epic Ramayana, and is a celebration of the return of Lord Ram after killing Ravan the Demon during his exile for 14 years. The day of killing Ravan is celebrated as Dussehra (19 to 21 days before Diwali). Celebrations focus on lights and lamps, particularly traditional diyas (as illustrated). Fireworks are associated with the festival in many regions of India. Diwali is celebrated for five consecutive days in the Hindu month of Ashwayuja. It usually occurs in October/November, and is one of the most popular and eagerly awaited festivals of India.

For some reason I am missing Diwali this year more than ever before especially our families. :-)

17 comments:

moegirl said...

Hope you enjoy the holiday, it seems like a beautiful one. Triumph of good over evil...we could use some of that now.

Intern said...

Happy Diwali to you and your loved ones too ... Sanjay ...
and Thank You for the wishes ...

nadim said...

Happy diwaliii.... have a grt festival day.....
thanks for the wishes :-)

Aditi said...

Happy diwali!!

Shitrint said...

Happy Diwali! And A Very Happy New Year too!
:D
nice pic that is!
:)

Cacophoenix said...

SIGH!! I miss home too..called at all times to just hear the beautiful sound of crackers. We did pull our own stunts here though. Blew air into a couple of dozen plastic bags and whacked them real hard. Serves two purposes. Makes the house more "Diwalish" and gets my frustration out ;-)

Sai said...

happy diwali to you and your loved ones!

Foodie's Hope said...

Happy Diwali to all of you :)

priya said...

Happy Diwali to you too:-))

meno said...

Thank you for the lesson. It was really interesting.

Happy diwali!

Sanjay said...

@Moegirl.. Thanks

@Intern.. Thanks

@Nadim.. Thanks

@Aditi. Thanks

@Shitrint.. Thanks

@Cacopoenix..Sounds like a fun way to do things.

@Sai.. Thanks.

@Foodie's hope thanks.

@Priya.. Thanks

@Meno.. Thanks

Teri said...

Happy diwali to you!

there was an article about diwali in our local newspaper - I was a bit surprised.

Sanjay said...

@Teri.. Thanks. I have to check it out which one was it?

Viewer said...

Happy Diwali Sanjay !

Keshi said...

Happy Diwali mate!

Keshi.

Teri said...

The milwaukee journal sentinal. I think the article was on Friday.

Interrobang said...

Happy Diwali, Sanjay! Do you have any recipes for dairy-free Diwali sweets? I got introduced to the concept some years ago in Little India in Toronto, and I've missed it ever since. (If you have a recipe for those peanut-butter-balls that are actually made from pumpkin-seed butter, that would be great!)