Deepavali in India
The Festival of Lights
Diwali also known as the Row of Lights,is derived from the Sanskrit word Dipa which means Light and Awli meaning Row. This Festive Season that occurs in the month of October marks the beginning of the New Year according to the Hindu Calendar. It is a time of rejoicing and renewal as Hindus all over the World celebrate the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and homes are lit up with little lamps and lights to bring in prosperity, happiness and good fortune.
Thousands of people throng the streets and vendors with cheap roadside toys, chaat stalls, Ice Candies, colourful lollies try to attract buyers around them.
The Processions that occur for over a period of three to four hours at night consists of huge vehicles showcasing moving tableau's. These tableau's depict characters from the Ramayana, Mahabharatha and the Bhagwad Gita ( the Holy Book of Hindus ). War Scenes, Dance Scenes, tiger Dances ( Kids painted like tigers) from the old Mythologies are enacted on the Streets. Its a sight to behold as once the procession ends it takes many hours to reach home as the streets are jam packed with people.