Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold (Nepal)

Kathmandu Diwali 2011 - Rangoli path

Kathmandu Diwali 2011 – Rangoli path

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.

Kathmandu Diwali 2011 - Rangoli path to store

Kathmandu Diwali 2011 – Rangoli path into store

Laneway decorated with lights for Diwali in Kathmandu Nepal

Laneway decorated with lights for Diwali in Kathmandu Nepal

Candle light and footprints to guide Lashkmi into home for Diwali

Candle light and footprints to guide Lashkmi into home for Diwali

Diwali decorations

Diwali decorations

Nepali woman decorates her floor with rangoli for Diwali

Nepali woman decorates her floor with rangoli for Diwali

Nepali men decorate the street of Kathmandu for Diwali

Nepali men decorate the street of Kathmandu for Diwali

Giant rangoli in Thamel Kathmandu for Diwali celebration

Giant rangoli in Thamel Kathmandu for Diwali celebration

Floral decoration for Diwali inside Pilgrims Book House in Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Floral decoration for Diwali inside Pilgrims Book House in Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Street dances to celebrate Diwali

Street dances to celebrate Diwali

Kids in Thamel Kathmandu on the eve of Diwali

Kids in Thamel Kathmandu on the eve of Diwali

Busy bakery in Thamel, Kathmandu

Busy bakery in Thamel, Kathmandu

Vendors selling goods for Diwali

Vendors selling goods for Diwali

Diwali decorations in Kathmandu

Diwali decorations in Kathmandu

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