|Firecrackers just outside|
It was the actual day of Dwali and everywhere has to be cleaned to welcome the Goddess Lakshmi. A "Lakshmi pooja" was performed to seek divine blessings from the Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi, who helps those who strive to achieve wealth. It consists of a ritual using grains, leaves, coins, and idols to prepare a ceremony. During this ritual, you can invoke the Goddess by reciting the Vedic mantras or by thinking of her being showered with gold coins with two elephants standing. The ceremony was finished with having an aarti. A lit candle with camphor in the bottom of a small dish was put on a metal tray and everyone takes turns in circling it over the table - clockwise. The purpose of performing aarti is the waving of lighted wicks before the deities in a spirit of humility and gratitude, wherein faithful followers become immersed in God's divine form. It symbolises the five elements: space,wind,fire,water and earth. It is very much a time of family love. The ceremony was finished by the sister-in-law putting a red dot on our foreheads. Celebration sweets are also eaten (which are delicious) I was quite moved by all this and felt very privileged to have been asked.
|This was the family table|
I decided I needed to go and do some shopping so got a tuk tuk to take around the markets, he had failed to tell me that most of the shops were closed because of the holiday! However, I found one store open and met these cheeky chappies who asked to have their photos taken.
I set off on a walk around the streets this afternoon, hence the title.
|These also asked to have their photos taken. I started off with three but by the time I had got my settings right others appeared!|
Apart from these little beauties I also saw these:
|The rubbish is like this all over|
|Food but no water!|