This post is dedicated to all my Hindu Friends who are celebrating Diwali.

The Diwali or Deepavali festival – the festival of lights, spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness. Its celebration includes millions of lights shining .The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the dark night of the Hindu Lunisolar. The festival honours not only goodness but also family relationships. Husbands & wives, brothers and sisters.

Its a deeply spiritual festival that marks many historical events but mostly it is about conquering the darkness and by doing good and knowledge over ignorance. Its a festival to remind us of self- inquiry and betterment, seeking the right path, resisting evil and having compassion for others.

I have had the honour to be a bridesmaid at a Hindu wedding. Which is much more my style than being a traditional bridesmaid. When I look back in my life, this memory will always stand out for me. I loved wearing the beautiful Saari. The wedding ritual was also touching and so different, as so many more family members are involved in the wedding ceremony.It was a beautiful intimate wedding. So these pictures of myself in a Saari are not from a Diwali fest but from my bestie’s Hindu Wedding in 2014 in South Africa. Look how short my hair was!

`Shubh Deepavali`

 

Photos was taken by Lisa Trocchi except the one with me and the bride.

The Saari I bought at an Oriental mall in South Africa.

 

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