This one is a late post, While everyone was bursting crackers, eating sweets, wearing new clothes with jewelry, meeting friends and relatives, houses lit up, I wanted to write about one of the traditions which is followed religiously in my hometown.
“GooduDeepa” which means nested light, also known as akasha deepa (lantern of the sky) is lantern with a wooden framework and covered in coloured papers. These are hung out of homes and lit during diwali.
In Earlier days people set these lanterns afloat high, as a gesture to invite the spirits of their ancestors moving around to come back home and be with them during the festival time; hence the name akasha deepa.
So years back, i used to help my dad when he was making it for diwali every year. But from some years, i have taken the ownership to get it done. It always brings back those childhood memories, when i sit down and start working on it.
Check out the video below of this years goodudeepa. (P.S the video quality is not that great,but i get the point across 😉 )
Checkout the pictures of goodudeepa competition held every year. You can see so many creative ones from the one made with coins to the one made with fruits etc.. Check it out here.