The Indian festival of lights, food, and fireworks. Diwali is celebrated pretty much across all religions in India, each having their own little legend to go with the day. According to the most popular legend, Rama, the God-hero in the epic Ramayana, came back home after 14 years of being expelled into the woods. City folks celebrated by lighting lamps, and Diwali has now come to signify the victory of good above evil.
My own Diwali memories include going home from college in trains with standing-room-only, making huge elaborate rangolis and stuffing my face with mom's gulabjamuns. This year, Diwali was a little different. 🙂
We lit tea lights instead of diyas, tiny clay lamps filled with mustard oil and a rolled cotton wick. Father-in-law strung lights outside while Jack kept guard.
And finally, there was the rangoli. A rather rudimentary Ganesha was all I could do.
Happy Diwali, folks!