Project 365: Day 46, Festival of the Gods..


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Festival of the Gods..

Driving through Gulbai Tekra, a self-made settlement of artists famed for their Ganesh idols, was not the same this evening. The usually dark and silent area was lit-up in a riot of colors with speakers blasting traditional songs sung by a live orchestra. In a small open area by the junction, in front of a temple, people danced in circles, lost, as if in a trance. In the center of this, six huge structures, hoisted by men and women were swaying and moving in circles. Truly a site to behold! They were celebrating Dev Deewali, the Festival of Lights of the Gods!

Celebrated on the 15th lunar day of the Hindu month of Karthika(November-December), Dev Deewali is an important Hindu festival. I later learnt that here in Gujarat the festival is celebrated in a unique style. The dancers perform the traditional dance usually referred to as Garba. The huge conical wooden structure actually signifies a Goddess. In the lower part of the structure an earthen pot is placed with a burning diya (light) which represents a womb bearing a child. The dancers celebrate the woman and the miracle of birth that only she is capable of performing through this brilliant performance. 

 

Project 365: Day 38, Happy Diwali


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Happy Diwali and a Happy New Year!

Diwali…the festival of lights! This is the celebration of the year and who wouldn’t want to be home for it? It is all about meeting them that mater most in your life, lighting the lamp together to usher in the new year, exchanging gifts and  renewing vows to loved ones.

I wish each and everyone a very Happy Diwali and a Prosperous New Year! May you always be among them that you love most and may your life be a celebration in itself. God Bless!