Photo Log: Happy Diwali!!!
Can’t believe a whole year went by so quickly. This is my second Diwali post on this blog. How exciting! Not only things in life have changed since last October (Diwali was in October last year), but also there are some things will never change. Time spent with family, and Indian festivals. We all missed my sister and brother in law, for it was their first Diwali after being married to each other.
I made rangoli (artistic patterns made out of colorful sand) after a really long time. I knew I wanted to use peacock colors and drew a design with chalk straight on the surface of the table. Traditionally, Rangoli is made on the ground on front porch or the entrance of the house, using all types of colorful sands, rice, flour and even fresh flower petals. The significance of it, on the Diwali, is to decorate the house, welcome the new Hindu year, and bring in good luck. I don't know the significance of a peacock in general; I even tried to research it for my blog but came up with nothing. The whole process of making it took me about six hours, all you need to do is draw the outline and fill in your favorite colors. Besides Rangoli, as per custom 101 diyas (clay oil lamp) were lit, fairy lights were put up, candles were lit around every corner of the house. After a small prayer at home with family, it was time to celebrate with all types of crackers. Now I am boring when it comes to this part, because I am anti-pollution, and prefer to be the audience to this part of the celebration. The pollution, air, water & noise, around Diwali season are intense and suffocating. This year the noise continued till 12:30am (not to mention people start with the crackers, days before Diwali and go on for days even after), which is better than last year, though still not okay. I know firecrackers signify celebrations and new beginnings, but I think my city takes it too seriously.
And just like that, Diwali 2012 was over, after a full week of celebrations, inhaling sweets and dressing up. (It technically ends today, which is Bhaiya duj, Indian Brother’s Day. Does anyone even remember when a Sister’s day is celebrated?). So anyways, I challenged myself to capture this year’s Diwali too, and see if I can improve from last year’s Diwali photo challenge, which I will leave up to you to judge.
In this PhotoLog, you will come across several pictures of Lord Ganesha, who is famous for his elephant features, and is well regarded as remover of obstacles. And Goddess Laxmi is revered as Goddess of Wealth. Days before Diwali even starts, house is scrubbed, decorated and lit up to celebrate and enjoy good vibes of this festive season. People all over India, or rather all over the world celebrate this day, in their own unique way, but the zest of it is the same everywhere. This year, as a Diwali gift, we got our own little aquarium with 14 fishes. (I welcome all advice or tips on petting fishes and maintaining an aquarium.) I hope, with my post and photos, you enjoy Diwali festivities with me this year. You can see my Diwali post from 2011 here, and feel free to tell me how I can improve my photography or capture the essence of festivals. Happy Diwali!!!!
|Lord Ganesha (Remover of all obstacles)|
|Main entrance of the House|
|Traditional Mirror Work Wall Hanging|
|Creation of my Mom|
|Mud/ Clay pots|
|Fresh Flowers are used to decorate the house on the day of Diwali|
|101 Diyas lit all over the house|
|The are where I decided to display the Rangoli|
|This Rangoli design that I made took me about 6 six hours, without any break|
|I used white rice to define the eyes of the bird.|
|I was impressed with how the feathers turned out.|
|The final Rangoli design with diyas and candles.|
|We wash, dry, prepare cotton balls dipped in oil, and then light diyas for 5 days. (101 on Diwali, 5 for remaining days.)|
|I won a participation award for my Diwali photographs this year.|
|How the house looks from the outside.|
|Beautiful clay pots, painted by my mom, and lit in the evening.|
|I love how these individual clay pot diyas look.|
|The final look of the Rangoli corner. Took us all day, what else do you do, when you have a week long off from work?|
|Prayers offered to Goddess Laxmi|
|Prayer Room in our House. (I am not proud of this photo, but wanted to share how it is decorated on Diwali.)|
|The haze is pollution, when the celebration has just begun.|
|All the other houses are lit too.|
|The entire city starts celebrating as soon as the evening prayers are done in their respective homes.|
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PS: Please refrain from using any of these photos for personal or professional use. All photos on this blog are a copyright of Shruti Bhutani. Also, look at that new aquarium!
Love & Peace