Sunday, November 21, 2010

Happy Karthikai Deepam, Tamil Nadu!

The fireworks & firecrackers going off tonight are good reminders that it's once again festival time in Chennai. This one, called Karthikai Deepam, is essentially a festival celebrated by Tamil Hindus. It takes place on the day when the full moon is lined up with the constellation of Karthigai. The six stars in this constellation are part of Hindu mythology. In the evening on this day, lamps are lit in rows by homes and along streets. These lamps are said to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck to the residents of those homes.

Here is the kolam my former neighbor made in front of her apartment door. A much more serene scene than the firecrackers exploding in front of my apartment this year!

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