Friday, October 25, 2013

My Paintings for Diwali this year (2013)

Diwali, or Dipawali, is India's biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (or deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness.

Diwali, celebrated in October or November each year, originated as a harvest festival that marked the last harvest of the year before winter. India was an agricultural society where people would seek the divine blessing of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, as they closed their accounting books and prayed for success at the outset of a new financial year. Today, this practice extends to businesses all over the Indian subcontinent, which mark the day after Diwali as the first day of the new financial year.

Indians celebrate with family gatherings, glittering clay lamps, festive fireworks, strings of electric lights, bonfires, flowers, sharing of sweets, and worship to Lakshmi. Some believe that Lakshmi wanders the Earth looking for homes where she will be welcomed. People open their doors and windows and light lamps to invite Lakshmi in.

Hindus interpret the Diwali story based upon where they live:
  • In North India they celebrate the story of King Rama's return to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps.
  • South India celebrates it as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.
  • In western India the festival marks the day that Lord Vishnu, the Preserver (one of the main gods of the Hindu trinity) sent the demon King Bali to rule the nether world.
In all interpretations, one common thread rings true—the festival marks the victory of good over evil.

Five Days of Diwali

On the first day of Diwali, people consider it auspicious to spring clean the home and shop for gold or kitchen utensils.

On the second day, people decorate their homes with clay lamps or diyas and create design patterns called rangoli on the floor using colored powders or sand.

This is the main day of the festival when families gather together for Lakshmi puja, a prayer to Goddess Lakshmi followed by mouth-watering feasts and firework festivities.

This is the first day of the new year when friends and relatives visit with gifts and best wishes for the season.

On the last d
ay of Diwali, brothers visit their married sisters who welcome them with love and a lavish meal.

Title: Diwali Fireworks
Medium: Ipad Painting /Digital Painting

Title: Diwali Fireworks
Medium: iPad Painting/Digital Painting
This year Diwali falls on Nov 2,2013.

Wish you all a Happy and a Safe Diwali ! 


  1. Wow, beautiful digital paintings, and I love the second one the best. Simply colorful and beautiful (I love colorful things, that's why I love rangoli's too) Oh yeah, why don't you try some rangoli paintings too? That'll be great! :)

    BTW, yes, Diwali is probably the biggest festival and it's tomorrow! I saw a lot of my friends posting their diwali wishes messages on their FB walls already. You can already feel the festivity and I am so excited!

    Happy Deepavali to you Jay and to all Hindu around the world.
    Anne Walker

    1. Thank you Anne for your wonderful comments. Wish you too a wonderful Diwali. I have some paintings of rangoli's on my to-do list. Will upload soon. Thank you very much for your comments.
      Best Wishes !