Last week was Diwali (or Dipawali), which is India’s most important holiday. It is also known as the Festival of Light, and even the name “Diwali” comes from the avali, or clay lamps (in the image above), that Indians light that represents the light inside us that keeps the darkness away. Interestingly enough, because it started out as a harvest festival, it actually now marks the beginning of a new financial year in India. There’s the Five Days of Diwali with specific activities such as cleaning and visiting family.
In general to celebrate, Indians get together with friends and family, have feasts, light lamps, clean their houses (to symbolize cleansing of their souls), and set off fireworks. I know in my neighborhood I heard people whooping and setting off firecrackers and overall, having an amazing time. Speaking of amazing, here’s an amazing picture that has been circulating around the web, especially around Twitter. It’s of Diwali from space.
But Indians weren’t the only ones celebrating today. West Regional Library had their own little celebration hosted by their teen board, T2T, complete with music, the making of avali, tons of yummy food, and henna! Here’s one of the henna designs by a fellow T2T member: