Other than Thaipusam, Deepavali is probably the next most popularly celebrated Hindu festival. Also spelt Diwali or Devali, it is known as the Festival of Lights. ‘Deep’ means ‘light’ and ‘avali’ means ‘a row’ so ‘Deepavali’ means ‘a row of lights’ and lighting an oil lamp during the festival symbolises the lighting of knowledge (enlightenment) within devotees.
Well, the oil lamp in this photo is not the traditional little clay dishes that Indians use for Deepavali but I came across it in Little India. So I guess it counts as an effort to snap a photo with light to wish everyone peace, strength, love and enlightenment right? Happy holidays! 🙂