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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Deepavali 2014

Around this time every year, you will see colorful *kolams such as this adorning the entrances to Hindu homes and shopping malls in Malaysia. That is because Hindus all over the world will be celebrating Deepavali also known as the Festival Of Lights tomorrow.

* During Deepavali, the entrances to Hindu homes are decorated with fresh mango leaves and kolams (Indian floor art). It is believed that the Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi, will only enter a home that is adorned with a kolam.
The kolam or floor-painting uses colored rice grains or powdered rice to prevent evil entering the homes. It is believed to bring prosperity and harmony.

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Diyas (oil lamps) are lit in Hindu homes on Deepavali morning. By lighting the oil lamps, the Hindus are thanking the gods for the happiness, knowledge, peace and wealth that they have received.

Diya and elephant cookies for my Hindu buddies

Happy Diwali to all my Hindu bloggy buddies!

11 comments:

betty said...

Certainly a very colorful feast!

betty

Tanya Anurag said...

Thank you so much for the wishes! May this Diwali bring joy and happiness to all.

Kolam or Rangoli is my favorite part of the festival decoration. Being in USA, it's not gonna be a holiday and I am finding it hard to fit in all the preparations with full day of office. Let's see how it goes.

-Tanya
http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/

Tanya Anurag said...

I scribbled about my Diwali preparations just last night. Check it our here- http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2014/10/diwali-ready.html

Faythe M.A said...

very pretty. hopefully a windy day will not blow away their hard work. That festival sounds very lovely compared to Americans giving out treats to little goblins so they don't do naughty tricks. It reminds me more of our Thanksgiving holiday. Faythe @ GrammyMouseTails

alissa apel said...

Those cookies are so cute!

I love all the lights in the photos.

mail4rosey said...

The colors and designs are very pretty (so are your cookies). :)

Luchessa Grossmann said...

OH that's beautiful & so colorful. Happy Diwali to you and thanks for sharing these awesome pictures with us. :)
Xo,
Luchessa @ http://luchessa.org/

Lizzy Allan said...

I LOVE your elephant and diya cookies! They're definitely some of my favourites out of all your work - so colourful and festive. Elephants are one of my favourite animals too. Have you ever made any Australian animals? Maybe you could make koalas and kangaroos for Australia Day on 26th January! xx

Keisha | The Girl Next Door is Black said...

So colorful and festive!

(Hi from a fellow SITS girl :) )

Helene in Between said...

wow! this is really beautiful!

Bel MumsTakeFive said...

Beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Amazing they are made with coloured rice and powders, so much work. I have pinned some of these images too.
Thank you for sharing with us for Sunday Brunch, lovely to see you join us x I

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