Aeilushi Mistry

Aarti Hindu Lamp Ceremony 2024
Pronouns: she / her
Artistic Discipline: Cultural Heritage
Category: Brooklyn Arts Fund
Grant Year: 2024
Location: DUMBO

Aarti' Hindu Lamp Ceremony is a tradition connected with rivers and performed at dawn and dusk at the banks of a river. In India and Hindu tradition, the river is revered as Mother that nutures and provides sustenance. A lit lamp signifies life in Hindu tradition and is used to mark a begining of a ceremony. Lighting of lamp also signifies removal of negative tendencies to purify our hearts. Participants make connection with river, pond or a water body by placing hand decorated palm leaf lit lamps in the river for peace and harmony. The palm leaf lamps are hand decorated using natural ceremony colors. This ceremony engages the community in collective art making.