Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Happy Deepavali

Today marks the first day of the Deepavali celebrations. It is celebrated for five days whereby each day has special significance.

I thought I will share with you some pictures I took of several
kolam/Rangoli decorations found in supermarkets. These decorations are made from coloured rice or rice powder and each one has different motifs. Usually they are found in Indian homes too as it is believed that the Goddess Lakshmi visits those homes which are most brightly lit and decorated. Don't be surprised to find a kolam/rangoli in the entrance of your Indian friend's house greeting you. Each motif on the kolam is said to have different meanings but for these three, they usually reflect the theme of the place who comissioned them. This kolam/rangoli had a different coloured elephant for every corner. (from the Curve Shopping Centre)



This kolam/rangoli surrounded a stage where decorative urns were on display with garlands. (from Midvalley Megamall's concourse)



This particular one was by a department store and they added a yellow and green ketupat since Hari Raya Adilfitri is also being celebrated. (from Metrojaya Midvalley Megamall)

Happy Deepavali to all and do remember to visit your Indian friends to offer greetings.

4 comments:

glutton rabbit said...

Boo, these kolams are lovely!

rokh said...

Diwali Valtega! Thanks for dropping by my blog. Seems like we are online at the same time! LOL. I'm from Taiping, Perak.

boo_licious said...

Rabbit - I love how colourful they are.

Rokh - wow! You keep strange hours like me. I heard Taiping has nice food, can't wait to read abt your home town.

Viren said...

Very Nice Diwali Rangoli Pictures and Good information on Diwali Festival. Really good information. People exchange gifts on this festival. Diwali Gifts can be anything like gift hampers, diwali diya, idols, gold & silver coins, Puja thalis and etc. But it is not so easy for NRI People to meet relatives on Diwali festival although they can send online diwali gifts to india to near and dear one and keep a festival spirit alive.

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