Did you notice the collection of Hindu Masks that were on display in the library in celebration of the Indian holiday of Diwali? This collection of paper mache masks are the creative work of local artist Rupal Patel of R P Studio here in Monmouth Junction. The collection includes masks of many of the Hindu deities.
The collection was placed on display as a way of introducing the concepts behind the Indian celebration of Diwali, which was October 26 this year. Diwali is one of the biggest festivals for Hindus, celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness. The festival is celebrated for five continuous days, where the third day is celebrated as the main Diwali festival or 'Festival of lights.’ Different colorful varieties of fireworks are always associated with this festival. On this auspicious day, people light up diyas (clay oil lamps) and candles all around their house. It is a festival with such traditions as cleanliness, colorful Rangoli making, and social gatherings to exchange greetings and sharing sweets with loved ones.
In Hindi, Diwali means “Festival of Lights.” Diwali is not only the festival of lights but also marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. The lighting of the lamps is also a way for people to show thanks for the good things in their lives.
Rupal Patel will be exchanging her Diwali display for her son's collection of over 100 different kinds of elephants. Come and see this fabulous collection.
The library will soon make available an application that can be used by organizations or individuals who would like to create a display to be shown at the library for a maximum of one month, subject to approval of content and availability. Keep an eye out for this link on the library homepage at www.sbpl.info - coming soon.