Hindus will celebrate Diwali, or Divali, the most important festival of the year, on October 23, 2014. It is common for gifts to be exchanged to mark the occasion, so here are just a few ideas if you are planning to take part in the colourful Festival of Lights or know someone who is.
Statue of Lakshmi | Lakshmi is the goddess of beauty, prosperity and wealth, who is worshipped during Diwali. There are many beautiful statues and figurines available, in brass and other materials, which would make a welcome addition in a Hindu prayer room or Puja or simply as a centrepiece in a living space. This is a thoughtful gift that will always be appreciated.
Ganesha Figurines | Ganesha figures are considered lucky, so this present will always be accepted with pleasure. They are particularly appropriate at this time of year, as Ganesha is also worshipped during Diwali. Statues are considered especially lucky if they are handed over before the festivities begin, but they also make great housewarming or wedding presents at any time of the year. This is because Ganesha is worshipped as the remover of obstacles and the lord of success.
Diwali Books | Children will love the many brightly coloured Diwali books available from a wide choice of retailers. They can be particularly poignant and informative for youngsters who do not live in an area with many fellow Hindus nearby, but are always appreciated as a great Diwali gift. Check out Lighting a Lamp: A Divali Story (Festival Time) by Jonny Zucker.
Diwali Candles | Central to the whole Diwali celebration is the lighting of candles, oil lamps or diyas, so what better gift to give for the Festival of Lights?
Puja Thali | This is a platter that is simply perfect for a Hindu prayer room. It is traditionally used to store the items needed during rituals, and some can be very decorative.
Diwali Barbie Doll | The cutest possible gift for a little girl celebrating Diwali, this Barbie comes complete with bindi and dupatta, or shawl. These are readily available on websites such as eBay, either pre-owned or brand new in the box.
Om T-Shirt | There are many t-shirts on the market bearing the sacred Om or Aum symbol. Many are also extremely fashionable and so make the ideal present for young men planning to join in the celebrations.