Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Diwali Greetings

By Epiphany

Sita Ram...

Yesterday was Diwali, and I spent it dancing, praying, eating and lighting deeyas. But not necessarily in that order. 

Diwali is the Festival of Lights also known as Deepavali. It is celebrated by the Hindus, Bhuddists, Jains, Sikhs and just people who like this kind of internationally flavored celebration. There are many legends attached to the celebration of lights which mostly signify victory of good over the evil within every human being.

But I see it as a way of bringing families together to celebrate life and enjoy each other’s company. Just like Thanksgiving. Everyone was dressed in such vibrant colors that I felt as if I fell into a rainbow. The young women who provided most of the dancing entertainment had arms full of multi-colored bangles that jingled together as well as anklets of bells that created a sweet melody when they walked and music when they danced.

The house smell sooo good. Pungent spices filled the air and mixed with sweet jasmine and ghee filled deeyas. I ate vegetarian all night, alou chana, bhaji, pumpkin, currhee, mango tekarry, roti and lots and lots of sweet rice, laddoo, burfi, peda and korma. De--licious. I can still taste it.

Anyway, I ate so much pepper that I paid for it later but all in all we had much fun. We lit deeyas and sang non-sensical Bhajans. Non-sensical because only the older members of the family speak Hindi and knew what they were singing. Us young folks were just, so we just recite the words from a distant part of our memories. It was just a fun time even though it wasn’t entirely the way you are suppose to celebrate Diwali.


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