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Diwali: The Festival of Lights

Posted by on Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Celebrating Diwali in Mumbai.

F|S photographer Neil Greentree is in India and captured this photo of Diwali festivities in the Juhu section of Mumbai. Diwali, the festival of lights, is a five-day celebration; its name is derived from Deepavali, meaning “row of lamps.” The festival celebrates the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. During the celebration, lamps are lit and houses are cleaned in honor of the goddess Lakshmi. Marigold flowers are woven into garlands. It’s a time to wear new clothes and share sweets with friends and families. Firecrackers are also part of the celebration, helping to drive away evil spirits. As Neil has reported, given how loud it was until 3 am in Mumbai the other night, the score must remain firecrackers 1, evil spirits 0.


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One Response to “Diwali: The Festival of Lights”

  1. Tours India Says:

    Very nice article. Diwali is the festival of joy, respect, victory of lights over darkness, good over evil. On diwali you see the whole india sparks with lights and candesl. People wear new clothes that day and make sweets. Peoples enjoyes together with this festival.

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