We had a simple, festive Diwali this year. After getting home from work, Aditya and I immediately set about following a Bengali family tradition. Fourteen candles (diya in Hindi, prodip in Bengali) were lit in honor of fourteen ancestors – seven from your mother’s side, and seven from your father’s side – while we each took a moment to silently think over the things that our families have done for us to help us be the people we are today. After a few moments of prayer and appreciation of the glow of the candles inside, we took them outside so that the rest of our neighborhood could enjoy their light as well.
Afterwards we cleaned ourselves up a bit, then headed out to pick up appetizers (the expected-yet-still-delicious samosa) for Aditya’s brother & sister-in-law’s Diwali party. We arrived right on time – i.e. early – and helped finish setting up the decorations before the rest of the guests. Great food, good conversation, and a nice clear night. Can’t ask for much more. I hope everyone else’s Diwali weekend is going wonderfully!
If you’re interested, a few more photos of our Diwali evening can be found on my flickr page.
Happy Diwali, everyone!