The Lights of Diwali

5:24 AM

OK so it's day four of the Digit-al Dozen challenge and just like yesterday, I'm going outside the box a bit for this one. Not as far, perhaps!  Today's nail art is inspired by Diwali.  Diwali is popularly known as the "festival of lights" and it's a five day Hindu festival.  For Hindu's, it's one of the most important celebrations of the year and just like with Christmas, it's celebrated with family. It involves the lighting of clay lamps and sometimes lighting of firecrackers. Diwali is symbolic of many things but it also marks the end of the harvest season in most of India. I don't know how many of you watch The Office, but I HAD to do Diwali because some years back there was an episode about it and I just fell in love with the colors and lights and just general festiveness of the holiday.  It was also a fairly hysterical episode and Micheal of course, had to sing the Diwali song.  It goes like this: 

Diwali is a festival of lights.
Let me tell you something - tonight has been one crazy night.
So, put on your saris.
It's time to celebrate Diwali.
And everybody looks so jolly.
But it's not Christmas Eve, it's Diwali.
The Goddess of Destruction - Kali -
Stopped by to celebrate Diwali.
Don't invite any zombies
To a celebration of Diwali.
Along came Polly,
To have some fun at Diwali.
If you are Indian and you love Diwali,
Have a happy, happy, happy, happy Diwali.
Happy Diwali!

I wanted to stick with harvest type colors but make them seem lit from within so I used butter London Shag, Essie Shine of the Times and Miss Penny Talk to make the art.  It really was a gorgeous effect in person. This picture is not doing it much justice!  

This year Diwali was celebrated from the 13th of November to the 17th of November.  Did any of you celebrate?

Check out what the other girls came up with for today's challenge!

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  1. This is a cool mani! With the three colors you used...I can only imagine this being even more awesome in person.

  2. Ahh perfect combination, definitely what I think of when I think of Diwali. Especially think the lotus flower stamp is a perfect addition. And yes, I celebrated by lighting my own candle :) I'm ashamed, I should've done Diwali nails myself but never had the time...there's always next year I guess!


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