The holiday season has arrived in India. Diwali is a five day festival for Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs also known as the Festival of Lights. Many aspects of Diwali remind me of Christmas in the US and Chinese New Year in China. Families travel from distances to be together, eat a big meal, and exchange gifts. People decorate their homes with lights. Shops have huge Diwali sales with sweets, gifts, decorations, cards, and clothing.
Rebekah and her diya she made in preschool. They are commonly filled with oil and a wick but we opted for the tea light instead.
Rachel with the Rangoli she made in Indian studies beside a large one on campus at the American Embassy School.
Following the theme of the Festival of Lights many homes are decorated for the holiday.
Looking up at our building with all the Diwali decorations.