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Credit for this goes to my friend Alfredo for lending me his macro adaptor.


I had a feeling that this was going to be an extremely busy week for me, so maybe I'll just make this a macro week... we'll see.


Also, Happy Diwali to all my friends who celebrate it.

Hi everyone!


I was away this weekend celebrating Diwali - the festival of lights! Had a good time with family and friends.


Nice to be back too. Here's a pic of the decorations in the office space to welcome the festivities.


Happy Diwali!




i wish Ur life always shine like this diya.. !!




keep enjoYinG journey of year..


keep clickinG..!!


take care !!


avoid brustings of crackers..

save NATURE..and cruelty to animals..!!



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I wrote a big description about my Diwali but my laptop crashed and so here's the summary about what I did Diwali evening:

1. Went to some friends.

2. Laughed

3. Lit up my house with candles.

4. Switched off the artificial lights

5. Took the camera out on the balcony and tried taking pictures of fireworks

6. Failed

7. Took this picture

8. Succeed

9. Enjoyed an hour of fireworks

10. Happy Diwali


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Deepavali or Divali is being celebrated amongst the Hindu followers in Pakistan.


Deepavali (also: Depawali, Dipavali, Dewali, Diwali, Divali, Dipotsavi, Dipapratipad ) marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year according to the Lunar Calendar. It literally translated means 'Row of Lights' (from Sanskrit: dipa = lamp / awali = row, line). It celebrates the victory of Goodness over Evil and Light over Darkness - it ushers in the new year. Especially for this event people are cleaning their houses and wear new clothes. Deepavali is a 4 day festival as Deepavali, Lakshmi Puja, Kartika Shuddha Padwa and Yama Dvitiya. There are many different names for the days of Deepavali (or Diwali) in different regions of India (South & North India, East & West India) and in the different languages spoken in that regions (i.e. Hindi, Urdu, Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati, Bengali). During Deepavali people pray to Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth, light, prosperity and wisdom, but also to Ganesha, the 'Remover of Obstacles' and the 'Lord of Beginnings'.


Deepavali celebrations take place in many countries in the world. On the first day of the Deepavali festival people pray and having a special breakfast made of many different foods. The Hindu Goddess Lakshmi's statue and images are carried through the streets in processions. There are various legends and stories associated with the Deepavali festival. The story of Bali, Emergence of Laxmi, Krishna Narakasur Fight, Victory of Rama over Ravana and many more. Dipa Lights (also called Diwali Diyas, Kandils, Ghee Lamps or Parvati Ganesha Lamps) - made of clay, fueled with Oil from Coconuts, Mustard or Ghee (clarified butter), the wick made of cotton wool - are placed outside of houses, on floors and doorways. During Deepavali festival, doorways are hung with torans of mango leaves and marigolds. Deepavali Melas are being enjoyed by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains & Buddhists alike. On the day of Deepavali people exchange gifts, bursting firecrackers, lighting fireworks, colourful sparklers & bonfires and having festive meals. Diwali Melas (fairs) are held throughout India and the celebrations abroad.



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Diwali. The biggest festival in India.


It symbolises the victory of good over evil. Every bit relevant today as it was thousands of years ago.


People decorate and light up their houses, using traditional Diya, pictured here, with a cotton wick dipped in vegetable oil.


May this Diwali bring you all peace and happiness. Happy Diwali!

Festival of Lights - Diwali Celebrations: Part of 1008 Traditional Diwali Oil Dheepams at Balboa Park, San Diego, California, USA.



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Diwali is just 2 days away, kind of excited :)


Esp celebrating first diwali in my new home.

Namaste / Raam Raam Saa (Warm Greetings in Rajasthani language)!

We had a lovely Diwali with family in India. Beautiful cultural traditions sprinkled in like many exotic Indian spices with a grandeur flavor of royalty keeping it all together just like the Indian Thaalee - A food platter with exotic dishes served with a few breads. We stayed in a Palace belonging to one of the great grandchildren of the royal family of Bikaner. It so happened that while sitting and chatting with the owners who were one of the most friendly and hospitable royals in the world, my mother and I found so many common connections and discovered common friends, we realized we were each other's extended family and welcomed each other into our lives with the traditional Indian hospitality.

It was a wonderful stay at the Palace located in a perfect spot - at the outskirts of a Rajasthani (the state we were in) village. We got to walk around and discover the gorgeous village and the friendly villagers with great east, excitement and comfort. The villagers were so full of love and support, not only did they chat with us freely and showed us their deep old ancient water wells, fruit trees, farms and old homes, they also offered us produce of their farms as gifts just like that as a way of welcoming us into their culture and homes. Some of them were quite poor and could have saved their produce but still went ahead and offered us food and drinks without a blink of an eyelid. It was so heartwarming to see humanity still exists.


The Palace too had the best of everything, literally. Five nights at the palace were like five nights in paradise. Unlike other star hotels this one had a very interactive, friendly, loving and caring staff. Where in the world will you find a four star hotel staff playing with your children or looking after the seniors in your family as part of their own family. The food was way better than many five star hotels and restaurants I have known, the rooms and the bathrooms amazingly comfortable. The amenities modern and the decor a perfect combination of traditional Rajasthani Royalty and non-royalty with a lot of local cultural flavors of the princely state of Bikaner (330 kms from Jaipur city). My other posts and tripadvisor post will have more stories about this excellent hotel and the excellent owners. Truly a gem of a place.

This is it for now. More about Jaipur, Amer and the places we visited in Rajasthan and other states in other posts. Let's start with Diwali at the Talai Bagh Palace in one of the villages around the gorgeous town of Amer.


Tom and Abhi V.S.


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Wishing all a very Happy Diwali 2014 - The Festival of Lights...


Seen here is oil lamps floating in water & the bokeh in the background is created by the chain of LED lights (christmas lights).


Diwali also known as Deepavali and the "festival of lights", is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home & fireworks follow.


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happy diwali- [festival of lights celebrated in india] to all my friends on flickr...

festival of light brings u every joy and happiness..hope this diwali brings in good fortune and abounding happiness...

less noise pollution and air pollution plse...hehe

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My place is already abuzz with lot of crackers bursting from all direction. Wishing you a very happy and safe Diwali tomorrow.


Happy Diwali and a Happy New Year.


Clicked during the Diwali celebrations in BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, Flushing, NY.

Happy Diwali everyone and hope you all have a great day and a great weekend.


The monkey god...AKA..Hanuman is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in Hinduism.


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