In my post ~ Ethnic Indian Fashion: Salwar Kameez and Kurti!! I talked about Ethnic Indian Wear and shared my Salwar Kameez and Kurti looks. To celebrate Diwali, in my post today, I will be sharing Ethnic Indian looks namely Sarees!!
This year, Diwali was on Sunday, Oct 30 2016. Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year. One of the major festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.
The festival 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 in Bikram Sambat calendar. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November. Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, people dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of fertility and prosperity. After puja, fireworks follow, then a family feast including mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends.
So without further ado – my looks:
I wore this Sari last year for Karvachauth, an Indian festival, about which I spoke in my post ~ Ethnic Indian Fashion: Salwar Kameez and Kurti!!. This Saree is from my Wedding Trousseau!! My mommy bought it for me from a store called Bawaree in Santa Cruz West, Mumbai. I wore it with matching bangles, my Mangalsutra and long dangling earrings which are again from India.
This was my look for Diwali last year. This Saree was a gift from my mom. She got it from a store called Jashn, once again in Mumbai, India – this one being from their store in Inorbit Mall. Paired it with matching bangles and a multi-color set (necklace and earrings).
I adorned this purple beauty for Karvachauth this year. This Saree is my sister’s choice and we bought it from a store called Soch, this particular one was picked up from the Inorbit Mall location in Mumbai. I wore matching bangles, my Mangalsutra and the necklace and earrings are my sister’s.
This was my look this Diwali. This saree which is a gift from my mother-in-law for Karvachauth last year, and is from a boutique in Lucknow, I absolutely love it!! I love the color combination and the simple but elegant work on the saree – such a beauty! I wore it with my Kate Spade watch, matching bangles, Mangalsutra and chunky earrings which were a gift from my cousin.
Here’s sharing a few photos from our Karvachauth celebrations this year:
And for all those who celebrated this wonderful Indian Festival of Lights, hope you all had a wonderful Diwali as well…