Happy Diwali 2015 ...

By Neecey

Happy Diwali 2015 ...

The Beauty of Diwali Around the World

Today is Diwali (Deepavali). This annual festival is one of the largest and brightest festivals in India and among the Indian/Hindu diaspora around the world. Celebrated to signify the triumph of good over evil it is also known as the Festival of Lights. It’s a radiant occasion to be enjoyed so let’s go on a photo tour to share that joy.

Peace, love, joy and prosperity to all celebrating Diwali.

1 Happy Diwali India

This (photoshopped) satellite picture is an interpretation of just how lit up India is for Diwali. It would be lovely to think this is real. earthsky.org

2 Golden Glow

Hundreds of lights brighten a temple.

3 Lanterns

A market stall stocked with brightly colored lanterns that will adorn homes and streets.

4 Rangoli

Colorful rangoli in intricate designs appear on floors and pavements

5 Peacock Rangoli

The Peacock is the national bird of India

6 Mehndi

For Diwali, women choose Mehndi designs which are full and cover the entire palm.

7 And the House with the Most Lights is …

A stunning example of how to celebrate Diwali at home.

8 A Small Chore

Well someone has to light all those divas.

9 Diwali at Home

A simple but stunning Diwali setting

10 Strings of Lights

Anything can be made into a candle holder to beautiful effect

11 Bend to Light

Diwali is a festival for every age.

12 Light up

Bangled and hennaed hands hold a diya (or diva)

13 So Many Pots to Paint

A potter paints earthen lamps ahead of Diwali

14 Diwali in Delhi

Dramatic fireworks over the Gate of India in the national’s capital.

15 Diwali in Amritsar

The Golden Temple is even more golden when illuminated for the festival.

16 Diwali in London

Hindu women decorate the Swaminarayan Temple in Neasden, London.

17 Diwali in Nepal

The Swayambunath Stupa in Khatmandu all lit up ready for the celebrations.

18 Diwali in Singapore

Streets are illuminated with neon signs wishing everyone a Happy Deepvali.

19 Diwali in Melbourne

The celebrations are centered on Federation Square and run for a week.

20 Diwali in Fiji

21 Diwali in Malaysia

The large shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur are always decorated with elaborate rangoli for the festival.

22 Diwali in Trinidad

The biggest event centers on the village of Chaguanas but Diwali is celebrated by Hindus all over the island.

23 Diwali in Varanasi

Priests perform the ritual of Ganga Aarti on the ghats on the River Ganges in the spiritual and ancient city of Varanasi.

24 Diwali in Allahabad

The joy of Diwali fireworks.

25 Diwali in Leicester, UK

Dancer Vimi Solanki performs on stage as Lord Krishna during Diwali Leicester's Golden Mile in the heart of the city's Asian community.

26 Diwali in Bhubaneswar

Widows gather around a tulsi plant and light oil lamps to celebrate Diwali.

27 Diwali in Kolkata

Members of a global youth organization, AISEC, celebrate the festival with glowing sky lanterns to promote eco friendly Diwali.

28 Diwali in Pakistan

Pakistani Hindu revelers light earthen lamps during Diwali in Karachi

29 Diwali in Purushwadi

Purushwadi may be a tiny village but every Diwali is celebrated with a huge bonfire, firecrackers, food on the barbecue and singing and dancing.

30 Diwali in Jail

An inmate of Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu packs candles in boxes.

31 Diwali in Sri Lanka

A Colombo flower vendor puts burning incense amid marigold garlands for the good luck at a local market.

32 Diwali in Jaipur

The city as seen from the Nahargarh Fort.

33 Diwali in Mauritius

Divali is an official public holiday in the Hindu majority country of Mauritius.

34 Diwali in Braj

Cows decorated for Govatsa Dwadashi symbolizing when Prithu bought prosperity to the land.

34 Diwali in USA

Diwali was first celebrated in the White House in 2003 and was given official status by the US Congress in 2007 by former president George W. Bush. In 2009, Barack Obama became the first president to personally attend Diwali at the White House.

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