The renowned Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, has its roots in the ancient Indian epic Ramayana. It celebrates the return to the ancient city of Ayodhya from 14 years of exile by king Rama after he defeated the demon king Ravana.
Its evocative name is derived from the Sanskrit word, "diwali," meaning "rows of lamps." The festivities are usually spread over five days.
A good idea to wear for a traditional, yet edgy look this year is a tone-on-tone kurta in Chanderi silk or something similar, paired with churidars in the same material and a matching embroidered blouse. For a lighter version, try a white kurta-pyjama set in silk or something similar layered with a sleeveless Nehru jacket that has a sheen.
Red is the color of fire, the symbol of energy and passion. It is the color of weddings and life, as well as festivals and all-around auspiciousness, for Hindus as well as for Muslims, Buddhists and Jains.
Green is the color of nature and happiness, the color of Prince Rama, the incarnation of Vishnu, who spent most of his time in the forest before returning to Ayodhya. Married women often wear green bangles and a green sari in Rama's honor; a widow, however, never wears this color.
The water sign Aquarians are highly intelligent and practical. They love to spend time with friends and family. If you are an Aquarian, grey would be the perfect color for you to dress up in traditional Diwali attire this year.