The name “Diwali” is a contraction of the word Deepavali, which means row of lights in Sanskrit. During the holiday, candles and oil lamps called “diyas” are lit to commemorate the legend of the return of the Hindu god Rama to his kingdom after 14 years in exile after victory over the ten-headed demon Ravana.
The lights represent the triumph of good over evil and through this festival Hindus worship Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.
Diwali, the festival of lights, is a delight for photographers. With celebrations & festivities in full swing, all places are lit up with beautiful lamps, people are dressed in gorgeous new clothes and the skies are lit with colourful fireworks!
Fireworks fascinate everyone; kids, adults and more so if you are a photographer. And you can relive those colourful moments by capturing them well.
Don’t take your camera/lens too close to the candle/lamp flame as this would not only add a flare to your picture but also damage the glass.
While shooting firecrackers, make sure you keep a safe distance from the launch point. With a tripod & focus set on the sky, you would not be able to notice anything coming your way.
In the Sikh tradition, Diwali commemorates the release of Guru Hargobind, the sixth Sikh Guru, who was imprisoned by the Mughal emperor Jahangir. When Guru Hargobind arrived in Amritsar, his devotees lit thousands of oil lamps to celebrate his return. For Sikhs, this day is known as Bandi Chhor Divas (day of release from prison). Sikhs celebrate Diwali by lighting oil lamps and reading from the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy text.
Traditional sweets, known as mithai, are in heavy demand during Diwali. Among them include Karanji, a pastry stuffed with dried fruit, semolina and coconut, Laddoos (ball-shaped sweets), Puran Poli ( sweet stuffed flatbread), poori (fried bread), Gulab Jamun (sticky ball-shaped dessert), kheer (Indian rice pudding) and Jalebi (deep-fried chewy dessert).
Diwali marks the start of the new Hindu financial year. During this time many businesses open new accounts books and on the third day of the festival businessmen in some states worship their accounts books and work laptops. This ritual is called “Chopda Pujan”, and blesssings are sought from Hindu deities Lakshmi and Ganesha.
Typically fire crackers are set off from dusk, often throughout the night. The noise is believed to herald the defeat of evil and catch the attention of the gods.In Mumbai, the rich celebrate it with a lot of pomp. We witness huge fireworks and can get such fancy crackers.