Today marks the first day of Diwali ~ we join our beautiful friend Neha in celebrating the festival of light and prosperity. Diwali is a 5 day festival that rejoices in the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. Happy Diwali to all our friends and families in Australia, in India and everywhere else!
We asked Neha a few questions on how she celebrates Diwali..
1. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Neha and I am a South-Asian Beauty Content Creator based in Sydney! Despite being born and raised in Sydney, I love celebrating my Fiji-Indian roots. Any chance I get, I will incorporate my culture into my content, whether it's through makeup or styling.
2. What does Diwali mean to you?
Diwali is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. Because of this, the festival is a constant reminder that regardless of how difficult life may get, the end will be victorious.
3. How do you celebrate Diwali at home?
We remain vegetarian in preparation for the main day celebrations. On Diwali, we make various Mithai (Sweets) which will be distributed to family and friends in the evening. At night, my parents and I pray to start off the celebrations. The rest of the night is spent travelling to family and friends to celebrate with them, as well as having guests over at home. We also receive gifts, money and new clothes to symbolise new beginnings.
4. What’s your favourite celebration in Diwali?
Diwali is a great time to see loved ones, as well as dressing up and eating loads of yummy sweets and foods!