Diwali means “rows of lighted lamps” and it is also called the Festival of Light. It is the most enthusiastically celebrated festival in India. Here are some great places to celebrate Diwali in India.
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In honour of Ganesh Chaturthi — the festival celebrating the beloved Hindu god’s birthday — I have gathered my top 6 favourite photos of the massive festivities in Mumbai.
I love this photo by Dave Bouskill of Picture the Planet. It’s of Holi, of course, the festival of colour, a celebration that everyone in India loves and plays with unabashed gusto.
Diwali in India is like Christmas in Canada. It’s the biggest festival of the year, celebrated all over India, with lights, firecrackers, flowers, parties and pujas. Diwali (or Deepavali) celebrates the return of Lord Rama and Sita from exile, and the triumph of light over dark.
Ganesh Chaturthi is the birthday of the popular Hindu elephant-headed god. This festival is celebrated all over India, but especially so in Mumbai where grand processions bear huge idols to the sea for immersion.
I discovered the truth and power of ritual during the Kumbh Mela spiritual festival in Haridwar, India — the largest gathering of humanity on earth!
Video of graceful dancer, dancing with a hoop, to the kirtan (sacred) music at the ISKCON Festival of India on Toronto Island.
A video of the aarti (ceremony to honour the Ganges River) that happens each day at dusk in Haridwar, India. I took this during the Kumbh Mela, the largest religious gathering on earth, while standing on a media platform in Har-ki-Pauri, the sacred centre of Haridwar.
Video of massive crowds, taken from the media platform in the middle of Har-ki-pauri, Haridwar (north India) during the Maha Kumbh Mela