Vibrant Earthen Lamps

Hello all. I am back with some interesting photos. It has been festive season at India for the entire month of October. First came Navratri– which means nine nights when nine forms of Shakti/Devi are worshiped and then came Karva Chauth – when married women fast from sunrise to moonrise for longevity of their husbands and next Diwali– also known as festival of lights.

I am sharing a photograph of colourful clay lamps known as diyas which are lit on Diwali. Diwali is a festival celebrated between mid-October and mid-November. Diwali involves the lighting of diyas filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. People worship Godess Lakshmi and these lamps are lit during the night. Firecrackers are burst in order to drive away evil spirits. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends.

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11 Responses to Vibrant Earthen Lamps

  1. Hi AJ – Really like this photo and the information you have provided about this months festivals and Diwali. Having been a Primary School Headteacher, I am very familiar with religions around the world and have taught many young children about many religious beliefs, festivals and traditions. The items in the photograph are beautiful and colourful. Are they all hand made?

    Take care


  2. A J says:

    Hi John, thanks for visiting my blog. Yes, these are hand made items. I will be sharing more photos of such items. Keep visiting.

  3. Welcome back AJ!
    The pictures are so vibrant, and I love the story behind them.

  4. carlaat says:

    Beautiful lamps! Not just functional but pretty as well.

  5. jmpix says:

    Oh how I miss India…especially during the festivals (which is almost all the time!)…I managed to squeeze in one more Ganpati Festival before I left…thanks for sharing this!

  6. ailsapm says:

    Just lovely. You are definitely whetting my appetite for a trip to India during Diwali. Thanks for the photos, AJ.

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