Celebrating all the colorful, bountiful and joyous things life has to offer, the ancient Hindu celebration of Diwali (“festival of lights”) has remained the brightest and largest festival in India while at the same time stretching its influence to the rest of the Asian continent. In the sacred Hinduism language of Sanskrit, “Diwali” translates to “row of lights” and is celebrated each year during springtime in the Southern Hemisphere and autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.
Since this festivity promotes the importance of keeping hope alive and embracing a bright outlook in life, houses all over India are adorned with candles, fairy lights and other intricately designed clay lamps shining collectively to symbolize the guiding light that shield each household from dark spirits and other forms of sadness.
The many facets of Diwali showcase a stunning visual feast consisting of images of locals all over India indulging in a variety of manner of revelry which includes lighting up of firecrackers, staging colorful cultural shows, all while adorned with artistic costumes mimicking other forms of merrymaking.
If you are a travel photographer whose interest greatly resides in documenting colorful cultures and traditions, then photographing the Diwali Festival should be included in the upper bracket of your bucket list.
Diwali is a joyful celebration of the victory of good over evil, of our spiritual qualities dominating our basic instincts, and of intellect conquering ego.
Kali Pooja in Kolkata Diwali is one of the biggest festivals in India and just preceding it is Kali Pooja in West Bengal which is celebrated with as much pomp and vigour if not more. This pic was taken during a "bhasan/visarjan" where the idol is taken to a water body preferably a ghat (river bank) and submerged amidst a lot of singing and dancing as a way to bid adieu to the Goddess.
"Kailash is territorial about the mandir’s waterfront. This is the only temple in the city with access to water. He says another temple located just 20 feet away was demolished to make way for Port Grand’s "food street". In 1992, a few days after the Babri Masjid was demolished, Kailash and his family lost their home in the mandir. A mob set fire to it. Kailash’s family rebuilt their house and continue to live here. As evening turns to night, friends and family drop by. Some bring firecrackers and sparklers with them, and Kailash hurriedly takes his dog, Tyson, inside his home. Inside the mandir’s enclosed walls, the bangs are ear-splittingly loud. The noise doesn’t bother Kailash or his family though. “Khul ke hum koi cheez nahin kartay ab,” he says. "We don’t do things openly anymore." “We control ourselves and stick to small crackers as the policemen here for our security have advised us not to make too much noise," he continues. "The people at Port Grand get disturbed.” Kailash isn’t one to back down, though – on the eve of a big wedding at Port Grand, he lodged multiple complaints against the use of fireworks at the event." . #Diwali in #Karachi – a quick story I did for @buzzfeedindia is up, link in bio. 📷 @sitwatrizvi . #diwali2015 #Pakistan #festivaloflights #deepavali2015