It was recently Diwali [or Deepavali] here, November 10th, the Festival of Lights. Marked with fireworks and family feasts, it is a 5 day celebration and gets it's name from the row 'avali' of clay lamps [or deepa] that are lit outside homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness.
We went to Brickfields, KL's little India and had a wander amongst traditional music,wafts of delicious food and lots and lots of people! There are little fireworks going off all over the place and you can buy them in the markets, hilarious. I found the longest alleyway of the flower garland makers yet... the smell was so insanely good. I could photograph these vendors all day. I will really miss them.
Here are a few of the most colourful delights.... The blue and white discs are small versions of the stencils used to make the colourful and elaborate displays, they are made from dyed rice and are quite incredible works of art. People make small versions outside their homes too.
On sale around this time are lots of sweets and handmade cakes, special biscuits, fireworks, plastic flower garlands and allsorts of colourful [and a bit dare I say tacky] decorations! But all wonderful to look at and a lot to take in at times!
It is not something I knew a lot about but next year I will be looking for a local celebration in Sydney!