Goddess Hoi or Ahoi, Painted on Kite paper with vegetable colours, Kumaun Hills, Uttaranchal; 19th Century. A week before Diwali, festival of lights celebrated in October-November every year. The Housewives paint such images of the Goddess of wellbeing of their offspring. This tradation prevails all over north India, upto Bihar, where the goddess is addressed mudwall paintings, floor decorations, clay toys and pottery and such like artificacts are the preroogatives of housewives who observe fasts and pray for their families' well-being. These craft tradations, like embroideries, have been nurtured by women all over India.