This week the Llama Nails Challenge theme was Diwali. I had no idea what Diwali was, so I had to turn to the little magic box to provide answers.
Diwali, also called Divali and Deepavali is the Hindu "Festival of Lights" that runs for 5 days, usually between mid-October and mid-November. From Wikipedia:
"Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. These lamps are kept on during the night and one's house is cleaned, both done in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. Firecrackers are burst because it is believed that it drives away evil spirits. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends."
It is also celebrated by Sihks and Jains, though for different origins. Over the course of my research, I learned that Diwali's spiritual significance is that it marks the triumph of one's inner light (higher awareness) over ignorance in order to bring about joy and peace. This resonates with me because I have been on my own path towards this kind of joy and peace for a few years now. The more I learn about Hinduism, the more it seems that I should learn, because though it is a very complicated religion, it seems more of a philosophy and way of life that closely aligns with some of my own personal beliefs.
One of the most iconic images of Diwali is that of the ghee lamp called a diya. It was from this image that I derived the inspiration for today's challenge mani.
I knew that to pull this mani off, I would need to use rich colors and a lot of glitter to capture the "row of lights" feel of the celebration. I began by sponging a gradient of Rimmel Double Decker Red and ILNP Cygnus Loop onto all of my nails. Then I topped all but my middle finger in elf Golden Goddess, and then sponged additional glitters from that polish onto the tips only, which sealed in a third layer of gradient on those nails. I wanted to experiment a bit because I thought the glitters were so overpowering, so I added a matte topcoat, just to tone it down a little bit.
This added the level of definition I was looking for. Next it was time to work on my accent nail, patterned after the diya light.
Here's the full mani. I'm pretty proud of this one, even though it took a lot of effort to take off because of all the glitter.
Next week's theme is Veterans Day, so I'll probably be pulling out the red, white, and blue.
What do you think? Do you celebrate Diwali in any of its variants?
Don't forget to check out the other Diwali nails from this week's challenge: