As I was scrolling through National Geographic this evening, one of the picture stories caught my attention. Normally, when I think of India, thoughts are not of the slums, where approximately one third of the residents live, per Alexa Keefe of National Geographic, but it’s of their colorful traditions and of the Taj Mahal.
That’s the issue with most of us, or at least in my own opinion, those less fortunate who dwell in the over crowded slums live in poverty and in buildings that overflow with so many other people. But, although they live in these extreme conditions, it doesn’t stop them from celebrating what they call Diwali, or to us The Festival of Lights.
As the seasons change and fall approaches, every year around this time, the people around the country decorate their homes with lights as colorful as the northern lights, burn candles, and light firecrackers in what is the celebration of the triumph of light over darkness. For these people, it takes their minds off of the despair they live in and instead, the thoughts turn something positive and hopeful.
For more information on this picture story, please visit www.nationalgeographic.com