Diwali Around the World
As we move into winter, India’s biggest holiday lights the way with a celebration of light over darkness. Light a candle, and join us on a tour of Diwali around the world.Filed under:
Children in Suriname dress up as Hindu goddesses on the eve of Diwali. On the left is Parvati, the goddess of power who gives life energy to all. She's also said to engage in an eternal game of winning and losing with her husband Lord Shiva. In recognition of that cosmic roughhousing, gambling (or playing cards) during Diwali is considered auspicious. Or maybe just a good excuse to gamble.
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The spirit of India is expressed year-round in festivals as diverse as the country's landscapes and as lively as its people.
Andrew Zimmern focuses on the role spices play in the cuisine in Goa. He visits a spice market and a restaurant to see how these flavorful ingredients are used.