HAPPY DIWALI – 2019 1 Gram Pure Gold Foil – NZ Mint
This 1g gold foil has been created exclusively for Diwali celebrations. It features delicate engraving and striking red highlights, a colour frequently used for Hindu festivals.
Two of the Hindu gods associated with Diwali, Ganesha and Lakshmi, are seen seated on lotus flowers and surrounded by stylised lotus flowers, petals and mandala. They, in turn, surround the celebratory words Happy Diwali. The reverse side features an intricate, abstract design inspired by a decorative mandala. The red highlights are carried through.
It is packaged inside a striking red, gift-style envelope – purpose made to complement the foil – and has been left blank for your own personal message.
This distinctive gold foil makes a truly unique gift for anyone celebrating Diwali.
Since ancient times Diwali or Deepavali (row of lamps) has been celebrated throughout India and in Indian communities around the world. Different people believe different events to be the cause behind this festival. Colloquially known as ‘The Festival of Lights’, Diwali signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life.
This foil has been produced in gold as buying or giving gold at Diwali is thought to bring good fortune and prosperity. The design of the foil itself incorporates a range of images associated with Diwali and the Hindu religion, with the focus on Ganesha and Lakshmi – two of the Hindu gods.
Ganesha: The son of Shiva and Parvati, the pot-bellied elephant god Ganesha is the lord of success, knowledge, and wealth. Ganesha is worshiped by all sects of Hinduism, making him perhaps the most important of Hindu gods. He is typically depicted riding a mouse, who assists the deity in removing barriers to success, whatever the endeavor.
Lakshmi: Lakshmi’s name comes from the Sanskrit word laksya, meaning an aim or goal. She is the goddess of wealth and prosperity, both material and spiritual. Lakshmi is often depicted as a four-armed woman sitting or standing upon a massive lotus blossom. The deity of beauty, purity, and domesticity, the image of Lakshmi is often found in the homes of the faithful.
The Colour Red: indicates both sensuality and purity. In Hindu religion, red is of utmost significance and the colour most frequently used for auspicious occasions like marriages, birth of a child, festivals, etc. A red mark is put on the forehead during ceremonies and important occasions.
Lotus Flowers: also called ‘Padma’ in Sanskrit, is one of the most significant religious symbols in Hinduism. The Lotus flower symbolises eternity, enlightenment, purity, divine beauty and good fortune.
Material: Fine Gold (99.9%)
Weight: 1 Gram
Size: 140mm x 70 mm