October 22, 2008

Deepvali - The Festival of Lights

-A bustling market just outside our hostel.-

While in Singapore, we were lucky enough to be staying in Little India. Stepping out the door of our hostel and into the bustling crowds, we couldn't help but take part in Deepavali (or Diwali), a major Indian festival in celebration of light (some of you may remember this celebration from the episode of The Office where Michael mistakes Diwali for an Indian Halloween).

-The market was chalked full of brightly coloured silks, spicy foods and exotic spices and incenses. -

-Everyone seemed to be getting in some last minute shopping before the culminating festival on October 27th.-

Dating back to 400BC, Diwali means many different things to the varying religions which partake in it's festivities. Many legends are associated with Diwali and today it is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and some Buddhists across the globe as the "Festival of Light,". In Diwali, the lights or lamps signify victory of good over the evil within every human being.

-Even I got in on some of the action with a little henna.-

To learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepavali
Information from Wikipedia

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