Menomellay; Festival Play

Image result for diwali 2015It was Deepavalli (Diwali) on the 10th. Festival of the lights. The commemoration of the return to Ayodhya of Prince Rama and his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, after fourteen years of exile and some major events. Like Sita getting kidnapped by the Lankan king Raavana. He of the ten heads. Not that he actually had ten heads, you understand; this is just the story-telling way of explaining that the bloke was a polymath. Yes he was behaving badly, but he was not an entirely bad man - until he lost his head(s) over his lust for the lady.

Anyhoo; Rama and his army of many beasts (there were monkeys and bears and elephants and squirrels...all had their part to play) overcame the nasty man and within fourteen days of the victory in the South, they go all the way back to the North and their home city.

The citizens were super excited at having their favourite prince headed back to town. Just in case he might miss them, the lit the place up with deepas (little clay oil lamps); every spare shelf, wall, window sill and roof top was covered with the deepas, ready for the homecoming. Then there was the food...... phenomenal amounts of food... and dancing... Yup it was a right ol' knees up.

Thus, the deepas are lit every year in homes everywhere, and family who have lived away take this time to return, and share food, and dance...

There is a lot of decoration also. ...okay, so there is a lot of decoration for any Indian festival... but things get REALLY  spruced up for Diwali. Floor decorations called rangoli are a specialty. Some are done with different coloured rice flour; and some with flowers.  Thought you might like to see...

SHUBH DIWALI!!!

6 comments:

  1. Yam we learn so much when we visit our posts either here or your photo post
    Hugs madi and mom

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  2. OMD Yam-Aunty... we think you make the Bestest Comment PUNS... Raise the BAR... BaaaaWaaah. We can't WAIT to meet You there!!! IN THE FURS!!!!!

    OMD that is a GORGEOUS Flower Flower... We agree with Madi... you teach us so many cool drool thingys.

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  3. WOW!! Thanks for the info

    Wags
    Oreo

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  4. Happy Diwali! Thanks for sharing! Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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  5. that was great to read ( my mother would scream today with 10 heads, she has only one but with a meowgraine). I love the decorations, it's great that so much things have a special meaning apart from to look beautiful :o)

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