Wednesday, November 24, 2010

KARTHIGAI DEEPAM-FESTIVAL

Karthigai deepam festival, the festival of lamps, is one of the oldest festivals in Tamil Nadu.It is also the festival of lights which is continued from Diwali. In temples they arranged special prayers after lighting lamps. It is believed to bring happiness, fresh hope, prosperity and peace in every one’s life.


We (People in Tamil Nadu) follow Karthigai Deepam as an extension of Diwali. We are increasing the number of lamps day by day, after Diwali, till the Karthigai Deepam festival. Some people celebrate karthgai deepam festival in the last three days up to full moon day. It is a wonderful sight to see little lamps arranged on the extension, in front of the houses, in the courtyard where they are placed on Kolams, on windows etc. Especially it is a beautiful sight in the villages, where houses are lined.

Here we lights ahals in front of our home. In our apartment. We put a small kolam because of the lack of space in the courtyard.


We celebrate this festival by bursting crackers like Diwali.



16 comments:

Leovi said...

Special lighting composition, I like it.

nima said...

wow..awesome...i miss this at this part of the world..thank you for sharing this

Dawn said...

I think your lights along with the sand? spices? look wonderful and I can only imagine how a street full will look

Love Dawn xx

Heather said...

Thank you for sharing the festival of lamps. It certainly looks beautiful.

Swathi said...

Love the karthigai deepam. Thanks for visiting my blog. You have nice art blog.

Michelle L. said...

What a beautiful picture! I love the design and the soft colors. It sounds like an amazing festival. I'm so happy you showed us your hand-painted lamps in action.

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g.aruljothiKarikalan said...

very nice picture...

viji said...

pretty karthigai deepam dear.
viji

Ananda Rajashekar said...

his is glorious, hope you had a good Karthigai deepam and thanks for stopping by my blog and for ur kind words of appreciation :)

Elaine Marrero said...

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Linda said...

Just beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing the festival of lamps.

Barb said...

I enjoy learning about the cultural customs of other countries. Here in the USA, we've just celebrated Thanksgiving. Your lights must look beautiful glowing after dark.

SV said...

Your lamps are wonderful.I loved the rangoli.
Visiting you blog for the first time.Nice blog!

Mira said...

Liked your Rangoli. Have seen your posts in IL. Now only came across yourblog. very nice works. Happy to see all your works exclusively and together here.

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