Monday, November 12, 2012

My Diwali Celebration in India

Hi. I am Mike from France. I would to share some of my moments in India doing volunteering with Diwali Fun.

I have been very lucky that i have choose to volunteer at the diwali time. I am doing women empowerment project in Jaipur. I really excited in doing volunteering here in India. I would share you about my time and diwali celebration. Diwali is a five day festival that represents the start of the Hindu New Year. It honors the victory of good over evil, and brightness over darkness. It also marks the start of winter. Diwali is actually celebrated in honor of Lord Ram and his wife Sita returning to their kingdom of Ayodhya, following Rama and monkey God Hanuman defeat the demon King Ravana and rescue of Sita from his evil clutches (celebrated on Dushera).

People also clean and decorate their homes with Rangoli (Hindu folk art), buy new clothes, gamble, and give each other gifts and sweets during the festival.The Goddess Laxshmi is believed to have been created from the churning of the ocean on the main Diwali day, and that she'll visit every home during the Diwali period, bringing with her prosperity and good fortune. It’s said that she visits the cleanest houses first, therefore people make sure their houses are spotless before lighting lamps to invite her in. Small statues of the Goddess are also worshiped in people’s homes.The candlelight makes Diwali a very warm and atmospheric festival, and it's observed with much joy and happiness. However, be prepared for lots of loud noise from the fireworks and firecrackers going off. The air also becomes filled with smoke from the firecrackers, which can add to breathing difficulties.

About my volunteering work- I work everyday in one of VWI women empowerment center. WHere we teach basic english and mathematics to women which lives in rural and slum area in Jaipur. We do also work for generate income source for them. In this we teach them heena painting, stiching work and craft designing. By this the women can have job and also work home. As this is one of the main income sources for the women which lives in vilage. I really hapy to spend my time in indian host family. The host family is very lovely. I learn so many things here by living with them about their culture and tradtions.

Wish to come back soon!
Thank you VWI for making my placement to volunteer in india.