With the festive season slowly setting in, I’ve been thinking about sharing few Indian-Style-Secrets with a global audience here. A long weekend from 22nd Oct. to 26th Oct had Dhanteras, Diwali, Govardhan Puja and Bhai Dooj, all lined up one after the another. And it was certainly full of energy, joy, and alot of shopping ! 😉
Here’s giving you a quick update on the significance of each of the festivals mentioned above –
1. Dhanteras – First day of the five-day Diwali Festival as celebrated in India. Dhanteras holds special significance for the business community due to the customary purchases of precious metals on this day.
2. Diwali – Essentially called Deepavali. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. On Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Followed by fireworks and exchange of gifts & sweets.
3. Govardhan Puja – Also celebrated as Vishwakarma Puja. It is marked as an official holiday for most manufacturing and primary sector units, with people taking leave from factories, schools, farms and other places of work.
4. Bhai Dooj – The celebrations of this day are similar to the festival of Raksha Bandhan. On this day, sisters pray for a long and happy life for their brothers, by performing the Tikka ceremony.
I guess that was quite an insight on the Indian traditions; as now comes my favorite part – The Visual journey !
Take a look at one of my favorite looks, styled for Bhai Dooj. Followed by outfit details !
All the accessories worn here have been shopped from different cities of India; Which will give you a complete taste of the country and it’s varying styles.
So that was a walk through the bright, happy & colorful ethnic-wear. Giving all the photography credits to my younger sister, who’s patience really needs to be applauded !
Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous Diwali !