Tuesday marked the first day of the Hindu holiday of Diwali. Derived from the Sanskrit word dipavali, or “row of lights,” celebrations take place across the world over five days to signify the destruction of evil and the righteous gods that prevailed . Entire towns are illuminated from lights in homes, fireworks and traditional oil clay lamps (diyas). Zinio headquarters in San Francisco was no different (well, maybe a little different). Members of the company who observe the holiday wore elegant traditional dress, and cooked better-than-your-favorite-Indian-restaurant dishes. Music and dance consumed the common area in the afternoon. No fireworks were set off that we know of.
For more pictures and words on Diwali from Zinio’s newsstand, click the links below.
Femina - Nov. 7, 2012
Reader’s Digest - Nov., 2010
Mother’s and Baby India – Oct., 2011
Lonely Planet Traveller – June, 2011
Science Illustrated – Sept./Oct., 2011