Archive for 5. November 2010

Deepavali

Friday, 5. November 2010

Fireworks are forbidden in South Africa, and violating the law may cost you 25000 Rand, or even spending time in jail. But tonight there are permitted fireworks all around the city, but mainly in the neighborhoods of the Indian community.

Deepavali/Dipavali/Diwali – also known as the “festival of lights”  – is celebrated over five days according to the Lunar Hindu Calendar. This year the main celebration is today.

Sue Reddy, the senior specialist: programmes in the City’s department of arts, culture and heritage, reflects on what the festival means to her: “More often Diwali takes place after various month-long fasts for Hindi and Tamil communities. It is a time of colour, unity, trying of new recipes, cleaning the home for Mother Lakshmi to come through. It is a time when enemies become friends and people forgive each other for misunderstandings and jointly celebrate.”

Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth; prosperity, both material and spiritual; light; wisdom; fortune; fertility; generosity and courage; and is the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm.