Food is piled up at Hindu temples as an offering to Krishna in the festival of Govardhan Puja. The mountain of food is symbolic of Govardhan Hill.
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In this traditional story, Krishna lifted the hill to shelter villagers from a flood caused by the vengeful Indra, King of Heaven. The same as Indra, Hindus learn to be humble in the face of the divine. This was traditionally one of the few days when brothers could visit their married sisters' homes, to ensure they were being well cared for. Much of the traditional gift-giving during Diwali is from men to women. This is to show them respect and offer them protection.
In the past if a husband or father died, the jewellery he had given to his wife and daughters would save them from destitution. This page is no longer being updated. BBC Iwonder. The five days of Diwali Diwali varies across cultures, religions and regions. Day One Dhanteras Day of fortune Getty.
Rangolis are made of flowers or coloured rice. Day Three Diwali Day of light Getty. Piles of food made in offering at Neasden Temple, London. Brothers commonly give their sisters gifts on Bhai Duj. Where next? Who Has Seen the Wind. Mitchell and W.
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