On the Eve of the Diwali festival – Hindus decorate their doorways and pathways to guide Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth into their home.
Diwali or the Festival of Light is a very important Hindu celebration as it marks the end of their calendar year. It is recognized as a national holiday in India and Nepal and the celebration typically lasts 5 days.
When a door closes, a window opens.
Hindus clean their home and decorate their entrances with paintings or Rangoli. Rangoli are a type of folk art made with coloured flour, flower petals or coloured sand.
Fireworks, live music and dancing on the street are common. Children goes door-to-door, give a little performance (sing or dance), offer blessing to the home or business owners and ask for money or gifts in return.
This is what I experienced first hand in 2011 when I arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal before my week of yoga and meditation retreat – on the threshold of a new year.