Diwali and its aftermath

So the festival of lights has come and gone. The house looks bereft without its lamps and the candles that lit the various corners. The sweets have been distributed and  the friends have all gone back to regular life. There is almost a feeling of incompleteness like the one day we spent celebrating one of the biggest Indian festivals is just not enough. To be honest, it isn’t. Particularly since the morning of the festival which is spent greeting people and meeting family and looking forward to the celebrations is spent sending kids to school and getting dressed for work. Evenings are slightly better since a visit to the temple and meeting friends for dinner and some fireworks does somewhat resemble what happens back home. The house is decorated with lamps. We all wear new clothes. We go to the house of a friend for the Lakshmi Puja and dinner. The kids all play together, there is sharing of sweets and savouries and music.

But it is what it is and I am glad that within the close set of friends that we have here, we have managed to retain the spirit of the festival. We are providing our children with a glimpse of the festivities back home. And in my opinion we have retained the best aspects of the festival. There isn’t the mindless eating or the shopping or the keeping up with the Jones-es attitude. We manage to buy one Indian outfit for the festival, some years we have recycled clothes since said child outgrew the Diwali outfit due to a sudden growth spurt. Only enough mithais are made to share with friends and family. And the whole fireworks part of the day is restricted  to a mere half hour where kids use up the fireworks left over from the 4th of July celebrations. City ordinances do not permit noisy crackers or ones that fly into the air so the children’s idea of fireworks include sparklers, and phuljharis. Plus most fireworks are noise-free. So it makes for a light-filled, peaceful Diwali.

The evening involves reminiscing about how we celebrated the festival when we were kids. The unique customs and traditions that each of us followed in our respective homes, how we are trying to include some of those traditions in our households now. We share the festivities with family back home by way of pictures. Looking at all those smiling faces, the lamps, the goodies made by moms and aunts makes the distance seem lesser, fills up the empty spaces in our heart, some.

In that same sense, here I am sharing Diwali with all of you by way of pictures. Please feel free to include a picture or two in your comments so I can feel that I was part and parcel of your celebrations, too.

DD’s dress
The rangoli in the prayer room
Omapudi, thengvazhal, ribbon pakoda and chakli
The sweets – Gulabjamun, Besan ka laddoo and Thirattipaal
Diye jalte hain
The rangoli outside the house

In case you were wondering about the aftermath of Diwali that I mentioned in the heading – in addition to going through Diwali withdrawal, we are also dealing with the stomach flu. DD brought the bug home from school and has now passed it onto me. So we have been dealing with stomach aches and feeling yucky without the aid of all the food made for Diwali. Ugh!!


14 thoughts on “Diwali and its aftermath

  1. Wow.. besan key laddooo.. yessss the next door neighbour gave me a box of that on diwali day.

    The rangoli looks lovely and diyas.. awesome. I did not do that much had come candles but weather is bad they lastTed a few minutes..

    Fireworks you seen I love them and crazy about them so they were there although as you say not the noisy ones..
    Sorry to hear about the stomach flue… hmm hope you guys taking medicines etc..

    Take care

    1. These were all ghar ki bani mithayian, you should try and spend your next Diwali with us. I promise you lots of laddoos 🙂 We’re all doing better now, thanks for asking

  2. I know what u r saying!!! The emptiness after the halla gulla!!! Sigh! This is how life is 🙂

    Happy Diwali 🙂

    Your rangoli looks lovely!

    I have posted lots of Diwali photographs on my blog, hop on there 🙂

    1. I did see your lovely pics Smita, looks like a really fun time. I also loved reading about your Dusshera trip and all the cooking you did. Happy Diwali to all of you

  3. hope the bug has run its course and disappeared by now so that you were able to eat those goodies. The sweets and namkeens look impressive! I guess you guys living outside India do more to preserve our traditions and culture. The rangolis are so symmetrical and precise.

    1. The bug is finally gone and we’re now back to eating rasam mammam and thachi mammam, thank God. Oh, I do go all out for Navaratri, Diwali, Nombu… actually for all the festivals. Somehow trying to do everything my mom did when we were younger is a way of keeping her close to my heart during festivals. My parents are never able to celebrate festivals with us on account of the harsh winter weather here.

    1. Thanks Divya, I did see the dress you’re talking about, was not available in DD’s size. Ahh the perils of shopping at the only Indian store in town.

    1. Hello mniamma,

      Welcome here, it was a fun Diwali, I only wish it came on a Friday or the weekend. We could celebrate more aaraam se then. This whole Diwali on a weeknight gets very hectic and tiring. Wish you, M, N, Lily and MNIAppa a very Happy Diwali.

    1. Hey Sudha,

      I will be honest, the rangoli was made with the aid of a stencil. I am so not artistic enough to pull off such a beautiful design 😦 Filling in the colors was fun, though!! DD helped with the activity, too 🙂

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