Monday, September 26, 2016

CCC October 2016 Scavenger Challenge - Diwali

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October 2016 Scavenger Challenge - Diwali
Duration: Oct 01, 2016 - Oct 31, 2016

The Indian festival of lights, Diwali, falls on Sunday, the 30th of October this year. It's one of the more popular festivals of India what with the lights and the fireworks and the shopping and the food, but more importantly, it's one of my personal favorites. So, a challenge. To finish, choose an option from every task and read a book that fits. Additional rules are at the end of the challenge. Happy Diwali and may your year be filled with prosperity and joy. :) (And in case you see an interesting mix of diya lights, floral patterns, black cats and ghosties in your Indian neighbor's yard as you Trick or treat, this is why!)

1. Diwali (or Deepavali, Sanskrit for "series of lights") is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn (northern hemisphere) or spring (southern hemisphere) every year. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness or good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.
❅ Read a book with an artificial light source on the cover (must be visible on the GR thumbnail, post the cover) -or- read a book first published in October or November (mention the date first published) -or- read a book whose title begins with a letter in "KARTIKA".
Published November 19th 2015
Seth Jo Raven 10/7/16

2. Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of fertility and prosperity. After puja, fireworks follow, then a family feast including mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends. Deepavali also marks a major shopping period in nations where it is celebrated.
Read a book with a main character who is rich -or- read a book with a dessert on the cover (must be visible on the GR thumbnail, post the cover) -or- read a book which you got free (a gift, ARC, from the library all count).
Beneath This Ink Meghan March 10/2/16

3. The religious significance of Deepavali varies regionally within India, depending on the school of Hindu philosophy, regional myths, legends, and beliefs. Some celebrate Diwali in honor of the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana from exile of 14 years after Rama defeated Ravana. To honor the return of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana from Lanka and to illuminate their path, villagers lit Diyas. For some, Diwali also celebrates the return of Pandavas after 12 years of Vanvas (exile) and one year of "Agyatavas" (disguise) in Mahabharata. Diwali is also celebrated in honor of the goddess Lakshmi.
❅ Read a book in which a character is sent away from their house for whatever reason -or- read a book in which a royal character plays an important part -or- read book #13 or #14 in a series.
Ocean Jo Raven 10/7/16

4. In India, the festival formally begins two days before the night of Diwali, and ends two days thereafter. Each day has its own rituals and significance. Day 1 is Dhanteras, this day marks the birth of Lakshmi during the cosmic churning of the ocean, and that of Dhanvantari, the God of Health and Healing, who emerged with a jar of the elixir of immortality (Amruta). It is a day for celebrating wealth, Dhan literally meaning wealth, which makes it a popular shopping day for gold or silver articles. The second day is Naraka Chaturdasi, which marks the day that the asura (demon) Narakasura was killed by Krishna, Satyabhama and Kali. Narakasura was a demon who ruled all the kingdoms of the world, and who threatened the gods with his martial prowess. He also kidnapped 16000 women and held them captive, until Krishna beheaded the demon on the day this battle was fought. Before he died, Narakasura requested that his death be celebrated on earth with colorful lights. 
❅ Read a book with a gold or silver colored item on the cover (author name, award seals all count, post the cover) -or- read a book by an author who has died -or- read a book in which a character mistreats women in any way.
One Last Sin Georgia Cates 10/6/16

5. On the third night of Diwali is the main festival event, Lakshmi Pooja. Lakshmi is believed to roam the earth on Diwali night. On the evening of Diwali, people open their doors and windows to welcome her, and place diya lights on their windowsills and balcony ledges to invite her in. It is popularly believed that Lakshmi likes cleanliness and will visit the cleanest house first, and the happier she is with the visit, the more she blesses the family with health and wealth. Day 4 is Padwa (or Bali Pratipada), a day to commemorate the victory of god Vishnu in his dwarf incarnation Vamana, defeating Bali, the giant king, and pushing him to the nether world. But Bali was bestowed a boon by Vishnu to return to earth for one day on this day to be honoured and celebrated for his devotion to the Lord and for his noble deeds to his people. The last day of Diwali is Bhai Dooj, which celebrates the bond between siblings. According to a popular legend, this was the day that Krishna visited his sister Subhadra after the slaying of the demon Narakasura, and is thought to be the origin of the festival.
❅ Read a book with a window or door on the cover (must be visible on the GR thumbnail, post the cover) -or- read a book with a character who is good, but also arrogant -or- read a book with siblings as main characters.
Beneath These Scars Meghan March 10/3/16

6. In Nepal, the other major Hindu nation, Diwali is known as "Tihar". It is celebrated over the same five day period concurrent with Diwali in India, but the traditions vary. The biggest differences come on the first three days. On the first day (Kaag tihar), crows are given offerings, considering them to be divine messengers. On the second day (Kukur tihar), dogs are given food for their honesty. Gai Tihar and Goru Tihar is celebrated on the third day, where cow and ox are decorated and fed. The fourth day is celebrated as new year. Cultural processions and other celebrations are observed in this day. The Newars celebrate it as "Mha Puja", a special ritual in which the body is worshipped to keep it fit and healthy for the year ahead on this day. On the fifth and final day called "Bhai Tika", brothers and sisters meet, garland each other and pray for the other's well being.
❅ Read a book that is a spinoff or retelling of another story (mention the original story or book) -or- read a book in which animals play an important role in the plot -or- read a book where a new year is rung in.
Kiss and Tell Suzanne Brockmann 10/7/16

7. Diwali is celebrated with a number of prayers, but one of the most important ones is from the Upanishads (vedic texts containing the main philosophies of Hinduism):

Om Asato Ma Sad Gamaya/Lead us from untruth to truth
Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya/From darkness to light
Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya/From death to immortality
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti/Om Peace Peace 
❅ Read a book in which religion or philosophy is important -or- read a book whose main character's first initial starts with a letter in UPANISHAD -or- read a book with verse in it (it could be a novel in verse, or could just include some lines of poetry within the prose).
Southern Comfort Ciana Stone 10/4/16 

See this thread for more detailed rules for CCC challenges.

❖ If you want to participate in a challenge, sign up by posting at least a partial list of the challenge requirements. This gives us a post to link you to, which you can use to update your books as the challenge progresses. 

❖ Books must be at least 150 pages long (unless they are graphic novels, see below) and may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged.

❖ Graphic novels must be at least 300 pages long, but two books can be combined to make up the page count as long as they both meet the same criteria.

❖ For each book you read, please post a link to the title and mention the author and the date you finished reading it. If a challenge task gives several options, make it clear which option you’ve chosen. If the task calls for an item/color on the cover, include a link to the book cover.* If it’s not obvious from the book title or cover, be sure to explain how your book fits the task. If you don’t, you won’t get credit for completing that task. 

❖ If you want the challenge moderator to verify those books as you post them, please copy/paste your update into a new message. If you do this while you still have the Edit window open, it will copy all of your formatting, etc. too. It will make it easier on the moderators if we won't have to scroll back through the entire thread looking for "message #15," or to follow links back to an original post.

❖ When you complete the challenge, please post your entire list as a new message to make it easier for everyone to see what you’ve read :) If you don’t repost your list, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge. 

❖ Rereads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book and not just skim the best portions! :)

* If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title, cover or author, see the instructions HERE.

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