This week is the grand festive occasion of Diwali 2014. It celebrates the triumph of good over evil (yay!), light over darkness. You can Google it to see all the different reasons that we celebrate Diwali and the regional variation in the way it’s celebrated. The overarching theme of Diwali, however, is to bring an abundance of light and joy and prosperity to your life and to dispel any darkness. We do this symbolically by lighting lamps or ‘diyas’ at home. They are essentially like tea light holders though the traditional method involves lighting a wick dipped in oil. The diyas come in a variety of materials, styles and sizes- from the very basic brown terra-cotta lamps and traditional metal lamps, to heavily decorated, painted and sequined creations available in glass and metal. Everyone has their own tradition and style of celebrating Diwali and I want to share with you mine- it has it’s traditional bling-y component but after nearly 26 years of living, and celebrating, outside of India, my Diwali celebration has acquired that East meets West vibe that is reflective of my journey. Living in the SF Bay area, it’s easy to get access to most Indian products in the local Indian stores- including hand painted diyas flown here in time for the season. In addition our Diwali celebrations also take on a boho, laid-back California style and the results are truly a reflection of our lives so far. Whether your style is traditional, bold and bling-y, whimsical or boho all the way, I hope the pictures inspire you to celebrate this beautiful occasion.
My favorite pictures are the ones that follow. It’s evening and the lamps have been lit and everything has taken on a warm, golden glow.
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