Welcome to Our World Tuesday! Next week we’ll be celebrating Diwali or the Festival of Lights. So I’ve included some of the ways I light up:) around the house. With all the illumination it’s a joy to see all the houses decorated with lights. The name of the festival comes from the diyas or earthen lamps (picture below) that are lit during this festival.
There are various legends regarding the origin of this joyous festival. One is that it commemorates the return of Lord Rama with Sita and Lakshman to Ayodhya after a fourteen year exile and vanquishing the demon king Ravana. The people of the kingdom lit earthen lamps and burst crackers in celebration. (The link on the word Diwali will lead you to the details). It also signifies the victory of good over evil.
The next two pictures have been taken from a magazine, the Indian edition of Good Housekeeping, one of my absolute favourites! With the festival round the corner some pages have been devoted to lighting ideas.
I thought I’d try out some of the ideas and look, our bar top is full of beans!! I usually use shells and pebbles as a ‘bed’ for my candles but the magazine photos have made me a little more creative with things from my kitchen.;)
Even a simple bowl of rice pudding looks festive placed next to these candles.
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