Happy Diwali!

27 Oct

Today is Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights! It celebrates the return of Rama, an avatar of Vishnu and hero of the epic poem Ramayana, from his fourteen-year exile. (If you want to find out more about the Ramayana, I’d recommend reading Sanjay Patel‘s graphic novel adaptation or watching Nina Paley’s film, Sita Sings the Blues.) Celebrating Diwali generally involves setting off lots of fireworks and eating lots of sweets, so naturally it’s one of my favorite holidays. Here’s a little picture to celebrate:

Happy Diwali!

The Hindi on the image is pronounced “Deepavali ki shubhkamnaiyen” (roughly), which is a traditional Diwali greeting. I haven’t written in Hindi in a long time, so my handwriting could probably use some work…whoops! I’ll have to practice some more.

Now let’s go eat some gulab jamen!

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2 Responses to “Happy Diwali!”

  1. CJ Joughin October 27, 2011 at 1:21 am #

    Aww, that picture totally reminds me of my old friend Aashima from Japan. Super win!

    • Lena Chandhok October 27, 2011 at 1:47 am #

      Thank you! She was fun to draw, but it took me FOREVER to get her lamp hand right!

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