Friday, October 23, 2009

Diwali henna tattoos

A few of you were interested in seeing the henna tattoos which were done at the kids' school in honour of the Diwali Festival of the Lights.
So, courtesy of their school, enjoy! Above is one of the tattoos being done.
The festival itself is a five-day celebration by the Indian community, which involves fireworks, lights, flowers, sharing of sweets, special meals, dancing, new clothes, togetherness, and worship.
It celebrates the inner lightness in all of us, the triumph of good over evil, of light over darkness.
Generally women and girl get henna tattoos as part of the celebration, and some wonderful Indian women came to the school to show us how it was done. They collected gold coin donations in return, and gave the lot to the Samoan Tsunami appeal, which I thought was lovely.
Many of the boys lined up for tattoos too. This is actually C's paw being painted.

And this is a typical tattoo for girls.
After a while the hand/arms are washed and a red/orange outline remains. It usually lasts for at least a few days, about a week.
There's a big Indian community in Auckland, and it was wonderful to get an insight into their rich culture.


Sarah said...

So beautiful. How wonderful that your child's school got involved with this magical celebration in such a creative way. I live in Welly and there's always a fabulous Diwali festival here, but unfortunately we didn't make it this year.

Honey the Great Dane said...

I've always thought I'd like to try one of those tattoos!

We went to the big Diwali celebration in Queen St one year - fantastic atmosphere!


Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Gorgeous tattoos! I've always wanted to try a henna tattoo :D

Linda said...

Now this is something that our school doesn't do here in Australia :( they are beautiful and I know I would certainly be lining up for one of them.. :)
Hope your feeling better Bron and the lil' tigers are behaving for you guys now

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