Artful Word: Diwali Night 2011 at UVM Davis Center
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A video by community producer James Gero. Diwali, or Deepavali, or "Festival of Lights", is the biggest Indian Hindu festival that symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. In north India, according to the legend, Lord Rama slew his wife Sita's kidnapper, the demon King Ravana, during his exile. The festival is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama to his kingdom of Ayodhya. The streets through which he returned to his palace were lit with 'diyas' or small earthen lamps.In south India, according to the legend, it was the day Lord Sri Krishna defeated the demon king Narakasura. Even to this day, every home in India is illuminated with diyas during Diwali. Lakhsmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, is also worshipped during Diwali. To welcome Lakshmi, people decorate their home entrances with 'rangolis', which are exquisite designs made with colors and flowers. A dazzling display of fireworks decorate the night skies, signifying the eventual victory of light over darkness. This festival is celebrated by one and all and is the true portrayal of the richness and vibrancy of Indian Hindu culture.