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35 Pictures to Show You the Wonder of Diwali Celebrations

 Diwali is a Hindu festival celebrated in the last week of October and early November every year and is a five-day festival in worship of the Goddess Lakshmi. The entire month of October and these festivities are also heavily associated with other similar celebrations like Durga Pooja, Navarathri and Vijayadashami, and in worship of different deities like Rama, Vishnu, Durga, Krishna, and Kali. We've selected 35 amazing photos to show you that this bright and bold festival is one that any and all can enjoy, with some lamps, colored powder and sparklers! 

 

1. Home pooja area, where the family can perform prayers, with Diwali lamps, called Diyas

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Home pooja area, where the family can perform prayers, with Diwali lamps, called Diyas

(By DRBHAMRA, Wikimedia Commons

 

2. Small idols of the Deities Lakshmi and Ganesha on a plate with multiple decorative Diyas during the celebrations in Sri Lanka

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Small idols of the Deities Lakshmi and Ganesha, on a plate with multiple decorative Diyas, during celebrations in Sri Lanka

(By Amila Tennakoon, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

3. Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity, in whose honor Diwali is largely celebrated

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity, in whose honor Diwali is largely celebrated 

(By Raja Ravi Varma, Wikimedia Commons

 

4. A Home pooja area on Diwali with special food laid out for the Gods depicted in the framed photographs and new clothes laid out to be blessed 

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, A Home pooja area on Diwali, with special food laid out for the Gods, depicted in the framed photographs, and new clothes laid out to be blessed. 

(By PJeganathan, Wikimedia Commons

 

In the days leading up to the festivities, new clothes are purchased, homes are redecorated and lights are strung up on every street, house, and tree! 

 

5. Houses with Diwali lights in Haryana, India

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Houses with Diwali lights in Haryana, India

(By Arne Hückelheim, Wikimedia Commons

 

6. Decorations on a temple during Diwali in Ahmedabad, India

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Decorations on a temple during Diwali in Ahmedabad, India

(By Emmanuel DYAN, Wikimedia Commons

 

7. Lights in Citywalk, Delhi, during Diwali 

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Lights in Citywalk, Delhi, during Diwali

(By Harsh Agrawal, Wikimedia Commons

 

8. Deepavali lights in Little India, Singapore

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Deepavali lights in Little India, Singapore

(By ProjectManhattan, Wikimedia Commons

 

9. Diwali Lanterns hung outside shops in Mumbai, India 

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Diwali Lanterns hung outside shops in Mumbai, India 

(By Apoorva Karlekar, Wikimedia Commons

 

10. Lantern made for Diwali decoration

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Lantern made for Diwali decoration

(By Archanapatil215, Wikimedia Commons

 

For 5 days, beautiful lamps are lit and fireworks are set off. The fireworks are of a wide variety and may be small, intended to be used in individual homes, or larger, which can be enjoyed by communities as a whole. Specified time-frames have been set during the days of celebration within which firecrackers can be used to keep noise and air pollution to a minimal.   

 

11. The traditional lighting of lamps for Diwali in Uttar Pradesh, India

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Traditional lighting of lamps for Diwali in Uttar Pradesh, India

(By Teacher1943, Wikimedia Commons

 

12. Lights lit around a drawing of Krishna on the streets at night

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Lights lit around a drawing of Krishna on the streets at night

(By Vengolis, Wikimedia Commons

 

13. Diwali Lights set up all along Belgrave Road, Leicester, England

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Diwali Lights set up all along Belgrave Road, Leicester, England

(By Matt Preston, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

14. Diwali Fireworks in Melbourne, Australia

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Diwali Fireworks in Melbourne, Australia

(By Chris Phutully, Wikimedia Commons

 

15. Chakras are popular Indian firecrackers, which spin rapidly when lit

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Chakras, a small common type of Firecracker found in India, which spins rapidly when lit

(By BengaliHindu, Wikimedia Commons

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Chakras, a small common type of Firecracker found in India, which spins rapidly when lit

(By BengaliHindu, Wikimedia Commons

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Chakras, a small common type of Firecracker found in India, which spins rapidly when lit

(By Katyare, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

16. Another small firecracker intended for the home is called a flowerpot. It shoots a fountain of sparks upwards when lit 

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Another small firecracker for the home, called a flowerpot, that shoots a fountain of sparks upwards when lit

(By Shreshth91, Wikimedia Commons

 

17. Diwali fireworks as viewed from rooftops

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Diwali fireworks as viewed from rooftops

(By Saad Faruque, Wikimedia Commons

 

18. Strings of firecrackers are also sold, which can create quite an explosive spectacle 

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Strings of firecrackers are also sold, which can create quite an explosive spectacle

(By Ashwin Kumar, Wikimedia Commons

 

19. Fireworks over a temple, as seen from a rooftop in Chennai, India

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Fireworks over a temple, as seen by a rooftop in Chennai, India

(By mckaysavage, Wikimedia Commons

 

20. A shop selling fireworks exclusively, commonly found all across Indian cities during the weeks leading up to Diwali

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, A shop selling exclusively fireworks, commonly found all across the cities during the weeks leading up to Diwali

(By Saad Faruque, Wikimedia Commons)    
 

Patterns are drawn in colored powder, made from chalk or rocks, outside of homes, an activity termed as Rangoli in North Indian culture and Kolam in South India, which can be decorated with more beautiful lamps. 

 

21. Rangoli/Kolam, decorations made from colored powders and lamps

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Rangoli/Kolam, decorations made from colored powders and lamps

(By Subharnab Majumdar, Wikimedia Commons

 

22. Diwali Rangoli 

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Diwali Rangoli

(By Rachana3111, Wikimedia Commons

 

23. Rangoli outside the Bharat Mata Temple in Varanasi

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Rangoli outside the Bharat Mata Temple in Varanasi

(By Dennis Jarvis, Wikimedia Commons

 

24. Rangoli drawing of Lord Ganesha made with white chalk powder

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Rangoli drawing of Lord Ganesha, made with white chalk powder

(By Ramesh NG, Wikimedia Commons

 

25. Kolam drawn with a white paste, instead of powder

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Kolam drawn with a white paste, instead of the powder

(By Sujit kumar, Wikimedia Commons

 

Special sweets and savory treats are made by families for the occasion, and large gatherings come together to watch singing and dancing performances. 

 

26. Sweets and savory treats made for Diwali, including Idli (rice cakes), Murukku, Ribbon Pakoda, Appam, Athirasam and many others

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Sweets and Savories made for Diwali, including Idli (rice cakes), Murukku, Ribbon Pakoda, Appam, Athirasam and many others

(By PJeganathan, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

27. A Variety of different Diwali mithai (sweets)

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, A Variety of different Diwali maithai (sweets)

(By Amila Tennakoon, Wikimedia Commons

 

28. Trays of sweets made available on Diwali, a major shopping day for festive mithai

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Trays of sweets made available on Diwali, a major shopping day for festive mithai (sweets)

(By Kanwar Sandhu, Wikimedia Commons

 

Also known as Deepavali (or Deepawali), celebrations for this festival are held all across the world. 

 

29. Diwali Celebrations in Melbourne, Australia 

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Diwali Celebrations in Melbourne, Australia

(By Gundopant, Wikimedia Commons

 

30. Diwali celebrations with cultural events like dancing and singing in Canada 

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Diwali celebrations, with cultural events like dancing and singing in Canada

(By Simon Fraser University Public Affairs and Media Relations, Wikimedia Commons

 

31. Diwali Dance performance in Hamburg, Germany

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Diwali Dance performance in Hamburg, Germany

(By John Heaven, Wikimedia Commons

 

32. Diwali Event at Trafalgar Square in London, England, United Kingdom 

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Diwali Event at Trafalgar Square in London, England, United Kingdom

(By LBM1948, Wikimedia Commons

 

33. Barack Obama, former US President and First Lady Michelle Obama lighting the lamp to celebrate Diwali in a school in Mumbai, India 

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, Barack Obama, US President and First Lady Michelle Obama lighting the lamp to celebrate Diwali in a school in Mumbai, India

(By Ministry of External Affairs (GODL-India), Wikimedia Commons)  

 

34. President Barack Obama receiving a Red Shawl from a Hindu Priest for Diwali, in the Blue Room of the White House 

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, President Barack Obama recieving a Red Shawl from a Hindu Priest for Diwali, in the Blue Room of the White House

(By Pete Souza, Wikimedia Commons

 

35. President Donald Trump participating in the ceremonial lighting of the Diya for Diwali

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, President Donald Trump Participating in the ceremonial lighting of the diya for Diwali

(By The White House from Washington, DC - Ceremonial Lighting of the Diya, Wikimedia Commons

 

All in all, Diwali is five days of non-stop celebration and fun that absolutely anyone can join in on! So here’s wishing all of you a….

Photos from Diwali, the festival of lights, light decorations spelling out Happy Diwali in Leicester, UK

(By Mat Fascione, Wikimedia Commons)   

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