Festival of Lights - Diwali
On November 6th, 2018, we celebrated Divali here in Trinidad and Tobago and around the world. One of my fondest memories growing up as a child is going by my neighbor and lighting deyas. I grew up as a Roman Catholic but that did not prevent me from lighting deyas or indulging in the sweets.
This is one of the best things about growing up on an island paradise such as Trinidad and Tobago, is that everybody celebrated, no matter what religion you came from. You could see a Roman Catholic next to a Rastafarian in the market both trying to get a good deal on the deyas they were about to purchase.
Divali or Diwali as it is also known is the Hindu festival of lights and signifies the victory of light over darkness. In Trinidad it usually signifies the unofficial start of the "holidays". The days leading up to the festival we can see people starting to clean and repaint. The highlight of the festival is the lighting of the deyas with many celebrants creating unique patterns with the deyas by the use of bamboo.
Hindus sometimes adorn themselves during this period with symbolic jewellery. Of course you can obtain all your religious jewellery at www.qiratjewellery.com.