Markets Decorated For Diwali Festival

Sumit Tharan is New Delhi-based photojournalist, who travels all over the country to capture and compile photo essays.

This Diwali festival in New Delhi shows the sights, but not the sounds, as the local people enjoy their annual festival of lights.

The people are out buying small clay diyas, for decoration and for their puja or prayers. The small pots are filled with oil and set alight, producing the beautiful display seen below.

We captured some beautifully drawn Rangoli, the colorful patterns made from dyed powders and flowers, to welcome the goddess Lakshmi.

In preparation for the festival, the markets are beautifully decorated, and as we see below, the shopkeepers have arranged small figurines of the god, Ganesha and the goddess Lakshmi.

The fireworks are a big and spectacular part of Diwali, even though some are simple displays, the lists give everyone a good feeling. Some of the firework displays are very large and lavish.

The Diwali festival is marked with many firework displays.
The Diwali festival is marked with many firework displays.
Light oil-filled lamps are used tp decorate the homes for Diwali
Light oil-filled lamps are used tp decorate the homes for Diwali
Statues of God Ganesha and godess Lakshmi ready for the people who buy these for the special prayers in the Diwali.
Statues of God Ganesha and godess Lakshmi ready for the people who buy these for the special prayers in the Diwali.
A large firework sprays up into the air at a Diwali festivalays.
A large firework sprays up into the air at a Diwali festival.
A family performing Puja (prayers) for the Diwali festival. Special prayers are held during the four day festival.
A family performing Puja (prayers) for the Diwali festival. Special prayers are held during the four day festival.

 

The Diwali festival is marked with lavish firework displays.
The Diwali festival is marked with lavish firework displays.
Markets are decorated before the arrival of the festival.
Markets are decorated before the arrival of the festival.
A woman buys clay lamps, named diyas used for the decoration and Puja (prayers), in a market in New Delhi.
A woman buys clay lamps, named diyas used for the decoration and Puja (prayers), in a market in New Delhi.
Rangoli is a colourful pattern made from dyed powders and flowers to welcome the goddess Lakshmi.
Rangoli is a colourful pattern made from dyed powders and flowers to welcome the goddess Lakshmi.
A large number of shopkepers keep these figurines ready for the people.
A large number of shopkepers keep these figurines ready for the people.