Templates for drawing with clay for children are the lovely caterpillars, made by the kids attending the Dreamers workshop. This article is about the Hindu festival.
For the related Nepalese festival, see Tihar. Before Diwali, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices. The name of festive days as well as the rituals of Diwali vary significantly among Hindus, based on the region of India. Diya necklace Dipavali Diwali November 2013. Aakash Kandils Diwali lighting Pune India 2013. Diwali fireworks and lighting celebrations India 2012.
Fireworks Diwali Chennai India November 2013 b. Sweets Mithai for Diwali and other Festivals of India. Diwali festivities include a celebration of sights, sounds, arts and flavors. The festivities vary between different regions. Sanskrit dīpāvali means “series of lights”, and is derived from dīpam “light, lamp” and oli “glow of light”. Diwali is also known as dīpotsavam “festival of lights”. Diwali dates back to ancient times in India, as a festival after the summer harvest in the Hindu calendar month of Kartika.
The Nachiketa story about right versus wrong, true wealth versus transient wealth, knowledge versus ignorance is recorded in Katha Upanishad composed in 1st millennium BC. Diwali is one of the happiest holidays in India and Nepal with significant preparations. People clean their homes and decorate them for the festivities. There is significant variation in regional practices and rituals. On Diwali night, fireworks light up the neighborhood skies. Later, family members and invited friends celebrate the night over food and sweets.