Deepavali Across India - South India

Image
02

Deepavali-Andhra Pradesh

Deepavali is one of the seven most important festivals of Andhra Pradesh. It is very popular with children who celebrate Deepavali because of the excitement of bursting firecrackers.

01
Deepavali-Andhra Pradesh
02

Deepavali-Andhra Pradesh

There are some traditional customs followed such as buying new clothes for this festival.

01
Deepavali-Andhra Pradesh
02

Deepavali-Andhra Pradesh

Buying new home or vehicles is considered auspicious.

01
Deepavali-Andhra Pradesh
02

Deepavali-Andhra Pradesh

Special sweets are made too.

01
Deepavali-Andhra Pradesh
02

Deepavali-Andhra Pradesh

Meat and alcohol are generally not consumed.

01
Deepavali-Andhra Pradesh
02

Deepavali-Andhra Pradesh

Some areas host local stage story telling called Hari Katha.

01
Deepavali-Andhra Pradesh
02

Deepavali-Andhra Pradesh

Some areas may put a huge Narakasura dummy made with firecrackers. This will be burst by a person dressed as Lord Krishna or, more accurately, a costume of Satyabhama, the consort of Lord Krishna, who actually killed the demon Narakasura; an event that is celebrated as Deepavali for generations.

01
Deepavali-Andhra Pradesh
02

Deepavali-Andhra Pradesh

The evening sky of Deepavali is a colourful sight to watch

01
Deepavali-Andhra Pradesh
02

Deepavali-Tamil Nadu

In Tamil Nadu it is celebrated as Deepavali celebrate this by lighting deepams, bursting fireworks, wearing new clothes and sharing sweets.

01
Deepavali-Tamil Nadu
02

Deepavali-Tamil Nadu

A traditional visit to the Temple is a significant ritual of the day.

01
Deepavali-Tamil Nadu
02

Deepavali-Tamil Nadu

The city Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu is the capital of India’s firework industry with about 8,000 factories, producing 90 percent of the country's total fireworks output. It also has the world's largest fireworks manufacturing unit.

01
Deepavali-Tamil Nadu
02

Deepavali-Tamil Nadu

The entire house is cleaned.

01
Deepavali-Tamil Nadu
02

Deepavali-Karnataka

In Karnataka- These hours of darkness bordering the waking hours are preferred as lights and crackers are the highlights of the festivities and these need darkness to have their illuminating effect. Hence people rise early and go late to sleep.

01
Deepavali-Karnataka
02

Deepavali-Karnataka

People clean/white-wash or paint/decorate their homes as it is a very auspicious day; to welcome the goddess of wealth and prosperity i.e. Lakshmi devi to their homes. Deepavali Rangolis (link) adorn the doorways of homes.

01
Deepavali-Karnataka
02

Deepavali-Karnataka

After all this preparation all the members of the family perform the Lakshmi pooja.

01
Deepavali-Karnataka
02

Deepavali-Karnataka

Festivities cut across boundaries to move on from the small villages to the big towns, often beginning almost a month before Deepawali.

01
Deepavali-Karnataka
02

Deepavali

People buy expensive silk saris

01
Deepavali
02

Deepavali

Jewellery and ornaments are also purchased

01
Deepavali
02

Deepavali

The purchase of household goods also increases. From the poor to the rich, everyone indulges in the largest shopping spree of the year.

01
Deepavali
Share facebook twitter gplus

Related Slideshows