A White Diwali!

Happy Diwali to all my friends!

Happy Diwali
Love, light and happiness

It's a White Diwali for us here in Colorado. Even if it feels more like Christmas, I'm hoping that the treats I will make today remind us that it is indeed Diwali.

October snowstorms are more the norm, than the exception, around here. We saw our first snow on October 8, much after the mountains had their tryst with the fluffy white stuff. Except that, in October, the snow is more wet and heavy, than powdery and fluffy.

Already? Yes, already.

My trees don't shed their leaves until well into November, making October storms a little stressful. Luckily, my yard is not the damage zone that it was in 2009, when we got over 20 inches of snow. But shaking big huge trees is not easy and the taller branches remain bent under the weight of the heavy snow. I can hear my big pear creaking and groaning as it sways in the breeze. Shoveling seven inches of snow off my driveway hasn't helped my back much either.

But I do have a large smile on my face as I prep for the treats that I am planning to make. The celebrations started on Saturday with a Diwali party where we lit small personal fireworks. Medha had a blast as this was the first time she had ever had so much fun during Diwali! There's only so much that you can do with Pop-its!

Lakshmi Puja
Lakshmi Puja

We performed our Lakshmi Puja at the Boulder Balvihar on Sunday, just like we do every year. The interesting thing was that it was held in a church since our regular venue would not let us use their sound system. All the children—from kindergartners to high schoolers—performed in plays with a mythological theme, loosely related to Diwali. This year we had some skits with historical backgrounds, like Jhansi ki Rani. The dialogs are hilarious, interspersed as they are with today's technology. Gods, Goddesses and demons accuse each other of not keeping up with Facebook or not having the latest smartphone. Most of the jokes are cheesy but they never fail to make it an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Happy Diwali
Diwali diyas

Diwali continues to be my favorite time of the year, starting with Dhanatrayodashi. Narak Chaturdashi is usually the day that we celebrate Diwali. Since the Indian calendar is a lunisolar calendar, the five days of Diwali are not necessarily consecutive and one or more days can converge onto one day in the Gregorian calendar. This year, Narak Chaturdashi and Lakshmi Puja are on Diwali Day, which is today! It can get quite confusing but the sweet and savory treats more than make up for everything! Balipratipada is an oft ignored day even though it is of significance. The last day of Diwali was always the most fun with several generations of the family gathering under one roof.

There isn't as much happening the way it used to in India but it's still a very special time of the year. It's a time for forgiveness, for introspection, for sharing and for the joy of knowing that truth will always prevail.

Happy Diwali!

19 comments:

Sunshine And Smile said...

I just love the way you photographed the diyas.. so beautiful! happy diwali to you :)

Soma said...

Happy Diwali Manisha!

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely post and pictures
happy diwali

Cybergabi said...

Such beautiful photos, Manisha - and a wonderful blog post to go with them. Happy Diwali!

Shri said...

Happy Diwali to you!
We create our own special space with memories, longing and rituals...the photos are beautiful!

Xiaolu said...

Beautiful! Happy Diwali!

GB said...

SNOW! It reaches us tmrw....bye bye fall. :(


Oh I just love your photographs Manisha! Hope you and your family had a wonderful Diwali!

Nandini Vishwanath said...

The diyas don't look makeshift at all :) and are gorgeous. And your non food posts are such important lessons one takes for granted.

Love the post.

Indu said...

Beautiful diyas. Hope you have a great party!

aqua said...

Wish you and yours a very Happy Diwali! I simply loved the 1st photo, it gave me goosebumps.
BTW, my mom has the same haldi kunku chi dabbee (isn't it called karandi?)

Anjali said...

Happy Diwali Manisha! And as always lovely photos.

tadkapasta said...

Enjoyed reading your account of a white Diwali and the lovely pictures. The diyas holding their own bravely against the snow made me smile!

john k.Tas. said...

dear Manisha, i agree with the comments by Cybergabi ! hope your pear tree survives ! we are having wildly fluctuating weather here, as we struggle through Spring, and are affected by the ' Roaring Forties ' coming across the bottom of the Indian Ocean and the top of the Southern Ocean , hitting the West Coast of southern Tasmania. for us it brings snow,rain,beautiful sunshine and heat, sometimes all on the same day ! cheers john k.

Anita said...

A gorgeous white Diwali you had! We ran away to the mountains the day after Diwali...no traffic on the roads was a big plus!

Niv Mani said...

loved the pooja plate shot, & the diyas in the snow with the red leaves!! Oh well This was one unusual White Diwali here in NJ as well!

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Manisha Pandit said...

Thanks for all the wonderful Diwali wishes! I'm so happy that the diyas in snow touched a chord!

aqua, I'm not sure. We called it the haldi-kunku chi dabbee!

John, we saw something like that with this storm. It was in the 80s the previous day with lots of beautiful sunshine, breezy too. Then it turned cold and rainy before the pretty white stuff came down! It sounds extreme to many but I find it rather exciting!

Niv, I'm sorry it was such a rough Diwali cos of the Nor'easter that roared through but you did good despite that!

notyet100 said...

Belated happy festival,..beautiful pics :)

Subhorup Dasgupta said...

Somehow this post slipped past me, since I make it a point to catch up with your photography. The comments above say all that I would have liked to say. Great pics, especially given the light, the light and the light, or the snow, the day, and the lamps.

Best wishes for the holiday season.

PS: For marketplace photos, I have found it useful to carry two cameras with two different range lenses.