Happy Diwali to everyone that’s celebrating! After the excitement (and occasional overwhelm!) of the many occasions that dot the Indian festive calendar from late July through November, Diwali arrives as a grand finale that sets off the holiday season here in the US. What a fabulous time! Apart from the religious nature of many of the occasions, it’s the opportunities they provide to get together with family, friends and others in the community that is most awesome! I’ve put together pictures from some of our festivities and hope I can tempt you into sharing some of yours (just email it here)!
Navaratri’s Doll Festival
Some of the vignettes I put together this year feel a little over the top in retrospect, but I think that’s what I am enjoying most! The sheer exuberance of colors, prints and patterns making magic together! Below are some scenes from this year’s Diwali! If you are unfamiliar with Diwali, here ‘s a little something from a post I wrote a few years ago, ” Diwali 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..” From the jewelry to the gorgeous brassware, the mix of dolls, the vintage textiles and more, there is a subtle fusion of old and new, shiny and not-so-shiny, if you know what I mean.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures, and do share yours. Wishing you lots of joy this, and every, season! – Priya
All image credits: Studio Collectivitea