Monday, October 23, 2006

let there be light

This past Saturday, Hindus around the world celebrated the holiday of Diwali, known as The Festival of Lights. During Diwali, the Goddess Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth) is believed to visit all homes that are well lit, so families light hundreds of candles and place them in windows to guide her to them. People also decorate the ground entrance to their homes with elaborate, intricate geometrical patterns called Rangoli as a sign of warmth and hospitality for the many guests that will be stopping by with homemade sweets and new year greetings. The beautiful rangoli designs are created using all edible items like rice flour, pulse and leaves, with a powder dye used to fill in the design. Most of the designs are circular symbolizing a sense of endlessness of time. Happy Diwali, everyone!


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