I didn’t realize until yesterday that we had photos of this event. Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights (also observed in Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism) for which everyone dresses up in their finest, and the guests at this event absolutely did not disappoint. I can’t pretend to be any kind of informed commentator on what they’re wearing from a cultural standpoint, but from a gorgeousness standpoint, I can ooh and aah. AND I WILL.
The backdrop is gorgeous. The Internet tells me that in Hinduism, the color orange is often associated with purity because it represents fire, and in fire, impurities burn. Since Diwali is about victory of light over darkness and good over evil, orange connects very well with that. And if those are orange marigolds — I am not a horticulturist by any stretch; I am very basic when it comes to blooms — then they have significance as well: Known as “the Herb of the Sun,” they’re thought to thwart stress and foretell lucky new beginnings. And Mindy certainly pops against it; everyone’s outfits do.