From the 2003 Christmas Revels: “Roads of the Roma” Program:
This Festival of Lights is celebrated nationally in India to welcome Lakshmi, consort of Lord Vishnu, also known as the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. It is celebrated with Rangoli designs painted in front of houses, floral decorations, fireworks and rows of diyas (oil lamps) that symbolize the age-old desire to drive away the darkness of ignorance with the light of knowledge.
Watch & Reflect
Reveler Monica Mohindra closes her series on Diwali this weekend with reflections on the universality of its themes.
How to Garden for Diwali
Reveler Monica Mohindra continues to share the holiday of Diwali. In this video, learn how to grow and cultivate the beautiful marigolds used to make decorative garlands!
Learn a Delicate Craft
Reveler Monica Mohindra shares the delicate art of creating garlands of marigolds. If you don’t have fresh flowers handy, you can see an alternative to use in making garlands here.