Happy Diwali everyone!! It’s been crazy here today with all the EXTREMELY LOUD NOISES but it’s finally beginning to quiet down, which is a relief. I took some photos of the lights as well, which I’ll post later!
Raman - umm bolo ki tumne mujhe maaf kiya… Ishu - nahi main ni kar rahi, raman mera haath chodo!.. Raman - amma kitni achchi lag rahi hai na?!…. Ishu - haath chodo mera!, main mazak nahi kar rahi hun… Raman - nahin abhi aur bhi guests hain! (calls appa/bala) Ishu - kiya kiya kiya kiya!!….. Raman - (leaves hand)….
(or Deepavali, the “festival of lights”), an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn (northern hemisphere) or spring (southern hemisphere) every year. The celebration lasts 5 days.
Each day of the festival has a different meaning.
The first day, Dhanteras, marks the start of Diwali. It’s dedicated to celebrating wealth. People traditionally buy gold and new kitchen
utensils on this day. Homes are also cleaned and readied to welcome
Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, inside.
The second day is known as Naraka Chaturdasi in south India or Choti Diwali (Little Diwali) in north India. Rangoli (Hindu folk art) is created in doorways and courtyards of homes, and people start bursting crackers. Lord Krishna and Goddess Kali are believed to
have destroyed the demon Narakasura and freed 16,000 captive princesses
on this day. Demon effigies are widely burned in Goa in celebration.
Kali Puja is also celebrated on this day in West Bengal, Odisha, and
On the third and main day, lots of small clay lamps (called diyas)
and candles are lit and placed in houses, and fireworks are let off
everywhere, giving Diwali its name of “Festival of Lights”. Families
gather together and perform the Lakshmi Puja, and give each other gifts
On the fourth day, merchants open fresh accounts for the new year, and offer prayers.
fifth and last day, known as Bhai Duj, is dedicated to celebrating
sisters. Brothers and sisters get together and share food, to honor the
bond between them.
We went to the Diwali Celebrations at Trafalgar Square using the LC-A+.
I was really excited as I have always wanted to try out the LC-A+ as I just can’t afford it at the moment. I bought a ticket for Dave too, though he wasn’t that grateful for it!
He isn’t the biggest fan of Lomography, mainly due to me carrying five cameras everywhere we go. So I really wanted him to have a go and get into it.
Typically, the night before we went out for a friend’s leaving do and didn’t get home till 5am. So getting there for 1pm was difficult.
I love the Lomography shop, but always end up being jealous that I don’t have them all! After a little talk through about the camera we headed off.
I have never been to the Diwali Celebrations here, but in Asia they are massive and really colourful. Full of lights and music. So I was really excited to get there.
Although the atmosphere and crowd were great there, it wasn’t what I thought it would be! I think everyone expected there to be more to take pictures of, but it was still pretty good fun.
There were a lot of protests going on and people in Saris, so still quite excited to see the pictures. Probably more so for Dave’s rolls. I think there are a million blurry pictures of me and maybe a few of an elephant statue.
Will put them up as soon as I get them. Got them developed at the lomolabs so will have to see how it goes.