Diwali 2012, was my fifth Diwali away from home in a foreign land! The first year here, I decorated the living room of my apartment with a long string of holiday lights and I had people walk up to me and say things like : I did not know Indians also celebrated Halloween! or Holiday season is still 2 months away girl! or Isn’t it too early to set the house up for the Thanksgiving feast…and I did not even know how or where to start explaining, so I learnt to respond with the prettiest fake smile I could pull off
So the next year and ever since, I have switched to tea light candles which I place in some beautiful glass votive holders. Over the years I have been able to collect some nice candle holders, most as gifts from friends! A big thank you to all of them.
I generally place a couple of them at the front door, and the questions now generally sound about right! What’s the occasion? And I enthusiastically explain its Diwali , and how much fun it is to celebrate this day in India. I even googled up the several stories that are associated with the celebration so that I am well equipped with all the answers to any follow-up questions.
Though I must say when in India I never bothered or cared enough to find out the exact reasons for celebrating Diwali, all I cared about was the sweets, the sparklers, the holidays and fun time with friends and family 🙂
Well even after replacing the holiday lights with candles I still have had occasional comments like : Oh you have the tea light candles alright but I think you forgot to put your carved pumpkin outside, but duh oh! I don’t really care anymore!
Here are a few decorations from 2010, 2011 and 2012!