Happy Karthigai Deepam my friends! This is one my favorite festivals. On this day in every house there will be lot of lamps lighted, which will be so beautiful to see. It is seen of various designs. I usually walk down towards the street and admire it. Karthigai Deepam is essentially a festival of lamps. The lighted lamp is considered an auspicious symbol. Karthigai Deepam is basically a Tamil festival and is virtually unknown in most other parts of the country. It is one of the most elaborately celebrated festivals of Tamil Nadu. Every year the festival season in Tamilnadu ends with Karthigai Deepam, when homes are brightly lit with lamps that are said to guide in prosperity. Karthikai Deepam is a festival of lights celebrated by Tamil Hindus on the Pournami (full moon) day of Karthikai month (November/December), which is observed in every home and in every temple. On this day the lamps are lit and it is of varied sizes, shapes and colours. Traditionally, lamps are lit in temples and agal vilakkus would adorn the thinnais of houses. However the designer clay lamps are becoming popular among the younger generation. These come in exotic shapes and are often decorated with painted designs, colourful stones, beads and zari work. Hope this light of the karthigai deepam brings peace, happiness and prosperity to all.