Saturday, October 30, 2010

Gearing up for Diwali

Work in progess

Diwali is a five-day long festival of different auspicious dates, each with its own significance. It is one of our biggest festivals and falls on November 5 this year. For Gujaratis, the day after Diwali proper marks the New Year and we greet each other saying "Sal Mubarak".

People start a massive clean-up drive, repaint homes, dust, scrub and cook a variety of snacks in the days leading to this festival of lights. In keeping with the tradition, our gardener repainted all pots with "geru" a rust-coloured natural colour normally used on pots and to decorate homes. This photo was taken today.

Day Opening - October 30

Temple, India