Through visiting lots of places and meeting people with a variety of cultural backgrounds, I’ve gotten the chance to experience plenty of different festivals and celebrations that I wouldn’t otherwise have known about. Diwali is one of them and this is the third year that I get to witness it.
Diwali, also sometimes known as Deepavali, is the festival of light for Hindus. It’s a very important festival for them, where the celebration of good over evil occurs. It is celebrated in the fall, over the course of a few days. Although I do not celebrate Diwali, I have several friends who do and recently, signs of Diwali festivities have been showing up in malls and subway stations.
One of my favorite parts of Diwali, as someone who does not take part in it, are the Rangoli/Kolam designs laid out on the ground in many places. The designs are often done with colored grains or sands and are very intricate. I find these to be really beautiful. I’ve come across several of these designs this week while walking through malls and thought I would share these for those who have never seen them.