Happy Diwali 🎆✨🎇

Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. It is celebrated on the month of October/November.

Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn (northern hemisphere) or Spring (southern hemisphere) every year. Diwali is one of the largest and brightest festivals in India. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of good over evil. The preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika.

Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best traditional outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity. After puja, fireworks follow, then a family feast including mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends.

Diwali is an important festival for Hindus. The name of festive days as well as the rituals of Diwali vary significantly among Hindus, based on the region of India. the festivities start with Dhanteras(in Northern & Western part of India), followed by Naraka Chaturdasi on second day, Deepavali on the third day, Diwali Padva dedicated to wife–husband relationship on the fourth day, and festivities end with Bhau-beej dedicated to sister–brother bond on the fifth day.

So these days I was busy with Diwali preparations, making paper lanterns, diyas, rangoli,  sweets but now all set for the Diwali celebration. This is our second Diwali in USA 🙂

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It was fun making the lantern.

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Traditional rangoli is different than this one, I made it from those decorative (blue& pink) stones called kundan! Kundan Rangoli! This can be used as multipurpose you can make combinations out of it and it’s mobile 😉😊

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I painted this traditional diyas on the occasion of Diwali, every year I paint diyas and gift to my friends and relatives.  The middle one is the floating diya, you can keep the candle on the top with some flower petals in the water and sprinkle some sparkles over it  and  place it on a dining table or coffee table.

The best thing is my mom sent me a parcel from India, all home made sweets and few surprise gifts. So I thought let’s share my joy with you and wish you all a Happy Diwali 🎉💁🏼✨💫🎇🎆🎁🎊

 

Glimps of 30 days challenge

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As I mentioned earlier this was my first time of accepting 30 days challenge! I learnt one thing in last 30 days that you need dedication to complete the day to day challenge. There was a situation may be twice or thrice I was damn busy with other things so I hardly found time to paint, I tried that at least I could paint a small thing, I wonder how people do for 90 days, 365 days! Hats off to them! you can see all 30 painting under one page.

Would like to thanks Leslie Saeta for organizing this challenge! I tried various topics in this 30 days, off course all paintings are not a master piece but now in future I can confidently paint any above topic. As said the purpose of participating this challenge was to learnt various watercolor techniques and I learnt few, one of them is loose style. I refer few you tube tutorials which were really helpful.

Watching other artist’s work is always inspiring!  I would like to thanks to all my fellow watercolor artist friends and followers for motivating me by your encouraging comments on my posts. Over all it was a nice experience.

Thank you for visiting, stay tuned for upcoming paintings 🙂

Day17! Lord Ganesha

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Today’s subject is totally different than flowers and birds, it’s Lord Ganesha!!!

I chose it because it’s “Ganesh Festival” time in India! Since childhood lord Ganesha is one of my favorite God 🙂 I loove this festival and I am missing my home and all the fun.

Ganesha also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka, is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon. Although he is known by many attributes, Ganesha’s elephant head makes him easy to identify. Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles. As the god of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rituals and ceremonies. Ganesha is also invoked as patron of letters and learning during writing sessions. Puranic myths provide many explanations for how he got his elephant head.

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great devotion all over India. People bring home murtis (Idols) of Lord Ganesha and celebrate the festival by worshiping the Lord in a special way for a day and a half, 3 days, 5 days, 7 days or 11 days depending on the family tradition and commitment of each individual.
On the last day of worship the idol is taken out in a colourful and musical procession to be immersed traditionally at a beach or water tank.

2015 decoration
2015 decoration

How we celebrate is we brought 12 -15″ inch clay idol at home and worshiped for all 5days. We keep it on an elevated platform, with all decoration and lighting. All the family members help in doing decoration but most of the design part was always my responsibility 🙂

Every year we do different diffrent decorations, sometimes it’s theme based.

 

2014 Decoration
2014 Decoration

My mom and aunts make ‘modakas’ (sweet coconut round balls coated with rice floor! Yummy) and offer Lord Ganesha on this auspicious day. The Lord is worshipped in the same manner in morning and in the evening for all 5days. On the sixth day, the idol is taken on a procession through the streets and then immersed in water after a pooja done on the water tank.

 

The immersion is done with people shouting “Ganapati Bappa Morya, Pudhchya Varshi lavkar ya!” which means people are praying to Lord Ganesha to come early next year. The final offering is usually flowers, camphor and coconut.

Now about my today’s painting I tried it in loose watercolor style, focusing on mainly face. I have used all warm colors just to give festive look and feel.

 

Day16! Red Flowers

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today I tried this flowers in loose watercolor style, and I am pretty happy with the result! 🙂 i like loose watercolor style and gradually I am practicing it. I have added the same colors to background to create some rhythm.

One thing I have learnt is you don’t need to do everything in detail, suggestive forms are enough with proper light and shadows!

thank you for visiting! Stay tuned for more flowers 🙂