I know I’m not the only one experiences the “shopper’s black out.” This time of year I don’t mind it because it let’s me find little gems like this! We’re twinnin’ and I’m lovin’ it. After this purchase, my fall decor feels complete…I hope.
Here’s some information tonight’s moon:
Baths at sunset, new goodies, fireworks, and feasts…what more could you want???
Diwali, a festival of lights, is primarily a Hindu holiday that’s celebrated over the course of five days. It represents the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and light over darkness. Every year the celebration starts three days before the darkest night during the Hindu month of Kartika (sometime between mid-October and mid-November). Each of the five days are based on different legends of the Vedic era, when the Hindu civilization began. This year, the celebration starts October 25th.
The first day starts with taking a holy bath at sunset to pay respect to Lord Dhanwantari. He is associated with various healing practices, such as Ayurveda, the Hindu system of medicine. It views the body, mind, and soul as one interconnected web. The bath is accompanied by a lighted diya (oil lamp) near a Tulsi (Indian healing plant).
Day two is centered around Lord Krishna (good guy) killing the woman-hating demon named Narakasura (obviously, bad guy). The goal of this sacred day is to keep negativity away. A diya is placed in each room, fragrant oils and flowers are used, and rangolis are made in living rooms to bring good luck.
Day three is probably the most festive because LIGHTS. Happening on October 27th, the darkest night during the month of Kartika, or the night of the new moon. The legend has it that the sacred Lord Rama returned from exile on this day. He was welcomed back with an extravagant row of lights from all the houses in the land. In modern day India, it’s celebrated by decorating the town with lights and colorful fireworks all through the night. Families spend their day worshiping and businessmen start new financial books.
Day four is marked by a large vegetarian feast offered to Lord Krishna (who is also an important figure in day 2). This is known as Govardhan Puja and is meant to show gratitude to Krishna, who saved the entire town from being submerged by a different bad guy named Lord Indra. This day is celebrated by indulging in new clothes, jewelry, and endless sweet treats given to and received by neighbors.
On the fifth and final day of the Diwali celebrations, Lord Yama and his sister are the main focus. The bond between these two was sacred. After decades of not seeing each other, Lord Yama decided to visit her. She welcomed him with open arms and marked his forehead with a tilak (a spot of color between the eyebrows). During this day, the bond between modern siblings is celebrated. The brother promises to protect his sister and the sister prays that her brother will live long, healthy life.
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While Food Truck Thursday is always been fun, the cooler temperatures ensure you won’t get too hot dancing the night away! The Fried Turkeys are set to take the stage this week. Come out, say hi, and get your groove on! Details for the event can be found here.
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Coming next Tuesday: Happy Hauntings!