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Happy Diwali!

by Maggie Barrett
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diyas diwali in hyderabad india study abroad in india travel

Diyas: oil lamps in handmade clay vessels

Today (November 11th) is Diwali! Diwali celebrates the return of Lord Rama (and his wife and brother) after a 14 year exile. People celebrate all over India with lights, lanterns, and firecrackers, meant to illuminate their path and symbolize the triumph of good over evil.

Additionally, it is a tradition for some to do a deep cleaning/renovation of their house around this time, and to purchase new clothes and jewelry as well. We helped our Resident Director decorate her family’s house on Sunday, and are going to our Kuchipudi teacher’s house later this evening to decorate and celebrate there.

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Getting ready!

diwali in hyderabad india study abroad in india travel

Lighting the lamps (the oil we used is vegetable oil)

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All decorated!

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