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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Deewali - The Festival Of Lights And The Colorful Vendors

    Diwali. This word means a line or a row of lamps/earthen lamps. It's also called the festival of lights and it's an annual festival. Cities light up like and homes look as pretty as a newly married decked up bride. The date of this festival varies every year. It represents the triumph of good over evil. 

    In the North, Diwali celebrates the return of Lord Rama, King of Ayodhya, with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman from a 14-year exile and a war in which he vanquished the demon king Ravana. In South India, Diwali festival often commemorates the conquering of the Asura Naraka, a powerful king of Assam, who imprisoned tens of thousands of inhabitants. It was Krishna who finally subdued Naraka and freed the prisoners. It is celebrated in the Tamil month of Aipasi (Thula month) ‘Naraka Chaturdasi' thithi, preceding amavasai. 

    Some of the photos shown below were taken last year while the rest were taken this year. Street vendors start selling decorative items to customers. It can be decorative household items, colored earthen lamps either for decorative purpose or using it as a decorative earthen oil filled lamp. Rice puff type of stuff and candies made of sugar are sold while folks decorate their homes with electric lights or oil filled diyas/candles. Fireworks are set off in the evening and folks have tons of fun enjoying themselves.

    A vendor selling Poha (Flattened Rice) and toys made out of sugar.

    Circular gift box containing nuts

    Another gift box for gifts.

    Vendors selling rice puffs and Poha (flattened rice)

    Vendor selling earthen clay lamp

    Brightly colored clay pots and earthen clay lamps.

    Two guys selling bamboo flutes.

    Brightly colored fruits and vegetables made out of clay.

    Brightly colored figures made out of clay.

    Clay decoration.

    Street vendor selling decorative vases and figures.

    Cashews and Almonds as gift items.

    Decorative items made out of clay.

    Clay figures playing instruments.

    Vendor selling candles and incense sticks.