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Avali (row) of clay lamps called diyas lit outside of Indian homes during Diwali.


Traditional decorative lanterns hung at night time for the Diwali season


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India, famous for the Taj Mahal, is a country located in Southeast Asia and is known as the land of spirituality and philosophy. Hinduism, a common religion in India, takes tradition to the light festival, Diwali, celebrated to rid their homes and lives from spiritual darkness and instead replacing it with light. Diwali is commonly celebrated in the autumn and is as important to the Hindus as Christmas is to Christians marking the victory of good over evil. It usually lasts five days involving shopping for gold silverware, decorating homes with diyas and rangoli, prayer, exchanging gifts and a lavish meal among families.

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

-Gautama Buddha

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Indian art consists of many mediums such as sculptures, paintings, and textiles. However, they are one of the few places known to use sand or colored rice and flour to make beautifully detailed pieces of art known as Rangoli. The traditional design used would be the mandala which is a geometric representation of the universe and its balance and harmony. These detailed patterns can be found throughout Indian culture on fabrics and even on their bodies through their traditional henna tattoos.    


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Picture 1: Mandala Rangoli design in the street for festivals like Diwali for good luck and decoration; Picture 2: traditional mehndi or henna on hands used in special occasions; Picture 3: Rajasthani Woman painting by Indian artist Vidyut Singhal




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