Colours of Diwali

As soon as I thought of colour I thought of Nepal.

We’ve seen so many tragic images following the earthquakes, yet my memories are still of a vibrant, colourful country. I know that the relief efforts have been slow, especially to the remoter areas but from my contacts there I see optimism rather than despair.

Diwali, the festival of lights, spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness.

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Rangoli or Kolam (mandalas) decorations for Diwali, are prepared from coloured flour or with flower petals.

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They are floor decorations placed near entrances and corridors to welcome the goddess Lakshmi and guests.

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Let’s not forget this beautiful country that is still in great need of our support.

How you can help:

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/apr/27/nepal-earthquake-how-you-can-help-donate-aid

http://www.abc.net.au/appeals/content/4224542.htm

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Intricate Carvings in Nepal

 

On a quiet October morning in 2014, Nepalis sit watching the day go by at the rear of Durbar Square, Patan, Nepal. Intricate designs are carved into the wooden pillars and arches and can be seen in the woodwork around the windows and roofs.

On a similar late morning in April 2015, a  7.8 magnitude earthquake tore Nepal apart.

I wonder what remains.

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Today Oxfam announced the figures to date: 8 million people affected. 5,600 people killed. 11,000 injured. 70,000 homes destroyed. 530,000 homes damaged. Tragically, these numbers are expected to rise.

In these days after the devastating earthquake I often think of the beauty of both the people and place that we visited last year. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in Asia and I wonder if and how the nation can rebuild. I do know that now, above all, money is essential. So if you can, please make a donation.

Donations in Australia can be made to any of the organisations on this page:       http://www.abc.net.au/appeals/

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