In, the week of 13 to 17 November 2012 India celebrates its biggest festival — Diwali, the festival of light, family values and spiritual renewal. In India, Diwali is the same as Christmas and New Year in Europe.
Thousands of paper lanterns illuminate the night sky over the country.
If these lanterns rise, there is a lot of noise and frolic, and comfort and warmth prevails in the houses. Diwali without sweets and candies is almost impossible. Each region has its own specialties, and everywhere, they are abundant: Mithai, Gulab Jamun, Churma Laddoo, Kaju Katli, Jalebi, Ras Malai, Rabdi and more.
Many families arrange small rallies and light shows within their means.
At stations in the country to form huge queues of passengers.
Trains are crowded with Indians, who return to their homes for the festival of Diwali.
Indians buy lanterns (kandils) and decorations in the stores and in the shops on the roadside.
In the jewelry stores, many customers are happy and crowds show up anywhere on the eve of Diwali.
Men pray to the god Hanuman, who blesses the members of the religious processions.
Women come to ebnfalls religious procession during the festival of Diwali. In honor of the holiday they decorate their hands with different designs and put her out of clay oil lamps.
Explosions of light effects light up the sky and the fields are covered with lights and candles.
Girls decorate the entrances of their homes with clay oil lamps (diyas) and shapes with colored powder. This use is known as Rangoli (rangoli) and symbolizes the prosperity at home.
And the doors of the houses are decorated with traditional Indian curtains of leaves and flowers (toran), which sometimes hang each other bells, colored glass, and pearls. So they welcome the Goddess Lakshmi, and thank her for her happiness that they can once again celebrate the festival of lights.
More information is: http://zeenews.india.com/
Diwali — a moving feast. Diwali in 2013 will start on 3 November, and in 2014 on 23 October.
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