Diwali, or Deepavali is the most important festival of the year in India and Sri Lanka. A 5 day Hindu festival, The Festival of Lights celebrates the triumph of good over evil and the triumphant return of Lord Rama. Upon his return the people of Ayodhya (the capital of Rama) celebrated Lord Rama's return by illuminating the countryside with clay oil lamps. This tradition is still practiced today.
|A traditional oil lamp.|
|A coconut lantern from the loaded trunk.|
|The nightly ritual honoring the Mother Ganga.|
|A local Varanasi boy lighting candles in remembrance of the deceased.|
(photos taken by the loaded trunk)
Happy Diwali to you & and your family.