Diwali, colloquially renowned as the “festival of lights” is celebrated in the month of Kartika. Its origins lie in the epic Ramayana – the people of Ayodhya lit diya’s (earthen lamps) on a dark new moon night to welcome their prince Rama after fourteen years of ‘vanvas’ (van-living, vas-woods).
The world’s most eminent Hindu festival – Diwali is celebrated by exchanging sweets, donning new clothes, observing sacred pooja’s, making rangoli’s and lighting diyas. Jaipur literally transforms from the Pink City to the City of Lights as each market tries to outshine the other, displaying more than 2000 varieties of lamps to honour the occasion. Look up and be astounded by the sparkling firecrackers that grace the sky.