Celebrating Deepavali

Today is the first day of Deepavali (or Diwali).  This is an important holiday for Satya’s family and for many other Indian families.  I don’t know much about it at the moment.  I know it celebrates light and the victory of good vs evil. 

 

Here is what I do know:

 

Accessories:  small votive candles put around yard and home, large lit star for front of the house, new clothes for family.  In India, people set off firecrackers.

 

Preparation:  cleaning house, decorating home, buying new clothes, cooking sweets.

 

Food:  As this is a very holy time of year the vegetarian diet gets stricter.  Eggs are not supposed to be eaten (they aren’t supposed to be eaten anyway, but especially now).

 

What we’ve done:

Satya cooked carrot halwa yesterday and Saturday.  He says this is something that is usually made for Deepavali and other festivals.

 

Similarities to other religions:

The lit star reminds me of how around Christmas Christians often put lit stars on their homes.  The lamps remind me of Hannukah.

 

As you can see, I have much to learn!

 

How will you celebrate the holiday?

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Gori Girl
    Jan 11, 2009 @ 20:49:45

    We didn’t celebrate Diwali this year, mainly ’cause we were too busy. Dada, who lives in California, puts Christmas lights around his house for Diwali, though, as do a lot of other Indian families I know who live in the US.

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