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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

DIWALI GREETINGS

My dear blog friends,

I cherish your unseen presence and your visits to my blog. I wish you all a very happy Diwali!!! It is a gala day for all Indians here as well as for those living offshore. It is actually a festival of lights signifying a victory over evil and shadows of darkness. It ushers in a spirit of hope, prosperity and well being.


Preparations for Diwali celebrations begin well in advance in every household. There is a spree for sprucing up the house, garden and surroundings. People get their houses painted or white washed a fresh, every nook and corner is dusted clean, metal decoration pieces are polished and furniture items are wiped smooth with cotton rags, giving them a bright sheen and an inviting look. Besides, people spend time brightening up their houses with new vibrant upholstery for a festive makeover. Gifting clothes and other items to servants and the needy is also a part of the spirit of magnanimity associated with the festival. All this and much more is gone through to propitiate the goddess of wealth to visit and shower her benedictions.

People install electric string lights on the parapets of the roofs. (My husband and I did the job yesterday.) The sights of these multi-coloured twinkling lights transport you to a state of supreme joy and you feel like exclaiming, “Oh! To be alive and kicking at such a moment is, what life is all about !!!" : )

The festival season is auspicious for shopping, be it splurging on new clothes, buying pieces of jewellery or consumer goods and, it also allows you to indulge in pleasing your sweet tooth. I for one however, don’t opt for these luxuries any more, because wearing gold ornaments is not safe now and I’ve enough of dresses stuffed in the cupboards which cry for a body and plenty of sun and air. This is me stupid and needs ignoring.

In the evening after the sun sets, the traditional part of the festival starts. Candles and earthen oil lamps are lit and placed at vantage points i.e.on the boundary walls ,backyards and other forgotten parts of the house. Offerings of sweets and fruit are made at religious places of one’s faith and few candles are lit in the compound there. Back home to witness and hear all round firework displays, deafening noise of the bursting of crackers and blinding smoke which go on till late at night.

The upbeat mood lingers on refusing to fall back into the same old routine for some time more.

4 comments:

  1. Hope you had enjoyed Diwali as much as I did. Luckily my son and family joined us this year, and it has been a blast from the day one. My small Grand daughter is chirping like non-stop, and we are amazed ( grandparently)at her intelligence:-)

    The crackers are the worst part, the noisy ones, I just feel sorry at the amount of money wasted!

    But as you wrote, it has its nice moments that linger for a long time.

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  2. Hi Pattu, I can imagine your joy in the company of your grand-daughter, specially her antics and sweet talk.I can relate to it as ours visited us in Feb. and what a joy it was!

    Their innocence really disarms even the most indifferent. Thanks.

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  3. Reading this for me is bitter-sweet.In the mundane going ons of the American life I have somehow left behind most of the fervor for traditional Indian festivals.I need to reconnect to my roots so that I can pass along my culture to my kids...

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  4. Yes,these simple enjoyments in life matter a lot.They break away the monotony of daily routine and kind of rejuvenate you.
    I hope you and Amber must have participated in the Halloween.I think it is so much fun.
    My next post is going to be on a topic which I'm sure'll make you feel nostalgic.So wait!

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