October 24th, 2011   Dhanteras, Diya 20111024 NIKON D40 4879

This week I’ve celebrated Diwali with my wife and her family. During this week we will visit the home of each family member in turn to break bread and be thankful for all that has happened throughout the last year and celebrate the new. Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday and Diwali reminds me of the spirit of Thanksgiving. Tonight we lit tiny divas (little clay lamps) to drive away the shadows of evil spirits (it’s interesting that Halloween is just around the corner).

Dhanteras (Hindi:,Marathi : Dhantrayodashi) is the first day of the five-day Diwali Festival as celebrated in parts of north India. The festival … falls on the auspicious thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik (October/November).
The Dhan in Dhanteras means wealth. (via [WikiPedia](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhanteras))