Diwali or Deepavali, popularly known as the “festival of lights”, is one of the most important festivals of the year for Hindus. Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps (diyas) filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. These lamps are kept on during the night and one's house is cleaned, both done in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. Firecrackers are burst in order to drive away evil spirits. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends.
Diwali was also celebrated at the SEDS campus on the 26th of October. After the hostel children wished each other a Deepavali Shubhakankshalu (దీపావళి శుభాకా౦క్షలు), a happy Diwali, they got a new pair of shoes. Proudly as they were on their new clothes and shoes, the boys and girls posed for the camera. As you can see on the photos every single one of them was very excited.
During the evening, the children lit up the campus with dozens of diyas. In the end, everyone enjoyed the sweets and the firecrackers. The evening sky above the SEDS campus was a colourful sight to watch, thanks to Sunita Rajan and Anshu Srivastava. The children had a fantastic day and say thank you!