Happy Diwali to all of our friends across the world!
It’s holiday season here in India and Diwali, the festival of light, is the main event which this year falls on 23rd October. It is a period of great celebration with people cleaning and painting their houses and the decorating them with lights. The hope is the your home becomes attractive and inviting to the Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. It is also the new year celebration. During the day a lot of very loud bangers can be heard and at night the sky is lit up with thousands of fireworks. There is also plenty of gift giving and a lot of sweets are exchanged and consumed.
Around this time there are many other celebrations and on 21st October we went to our yoga school in Rajpur to celebrate Patanjali Jayanti – Jayanti is the birthday of someone who is dead and Patanjali is the author of the yoga sutras.
As you can see from the pictures it was a lovely celebration the building and gardens having been decorated flowers, rangolis and lights. We had a very informative talk about the history of yoga asanas (postures), there was also wonderful music from a Sitar maestro and his top students and then we had delicious food in the garden.