Deepavali is celebrated by the Hindu’s all over the Malaysia. It’s known as the Festival of Lights. The celebration symbolizes the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon king Narakasura. It marks the return of Rama after 14 years of exile. In the morning of Deepavali, the Hindu’s bathe in hot oil, put on new clothes and do their prayers. The houses are lighted with little lamps made from clay pots filled with coconut oil and wicks. This is believed to invite Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth who will not enter an unlit house. After going to the temple, we usually have lunch or dinner with family and friends. Visiting during Deepavali is a norm among the Malaysians and is something everyone looks forward too.
The picture on the left is a hand made design with colored rice. Usually drawn in front of the house during Deepavali. The second picture is the lamp which is used to lit around the house.