Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Decorating for Diwali and a Mysterious Wall

She sat outside the hut, looking up at us, as we came closer. She could be maybe 5-6 years old. She smiled and looked down at the little lamp burning next to her - giving a yellowish light to the dark alleyway. - It is for welcoming Lakshmi, my friend said  - that is why they lit the lamps - to welcome the goddess to their home, and hope she will bring prosperity and wealth. 

Diwali
is coming up, dear reader. The festival of lights. It is glamorous, almost magical and enthusiastically celebrated by all people (myself included). And I can feel the pre-Diwali spirit over Mumbai now... Expectations, excitement, preparations, joy...Diwali commercials all over - and people are shopping to decorate for the festival. To go with the flow: so did I, and set out for the Bhuleshwar market.

At Diwali, people dress up in their best clothes, and this is the time to appear in a new and impressive creation! It is usual to give clothes and saris as gifts as well, and what a fest of fabric, color and glitter we found at the market:



Rangoli is a beautiful way of decorating for Diwali. Intricate vibrant patterns are being made on the floor, outside your door, using colored powder. If you think it sounds to complicated to make, they also sell large round-rangoli-look-a-like-stickers. 


And with lots of powder, some skills, talent and patience, you might be able to make something like this:

We also found other glittery stickers for decoration - swastika (for good luck) and footsteps to stick on the floor outside your entrance door or outside rooms - to show the gods where to go and welcome them. Remember only to stick them the right way - they should show the way in to your house and not leaving it..


In the most colorful part of the market we found garlands. Big and small garlands to decorate your front door,your car, bicycle - wherever you want basically, for good luck and for welcoming the gods.



And finally the diyas, the small oil lamps. During Diwali found lit outside every house, big or small. Remember, the diya that I had first seen - next to that little girl- in the slumhut. Representing hope and joy.  

So, then I come home, with my decor-Diwali stuff, standing in the elevator thinking how great this will look outside our door. I come out of the elevator. I stop. Is this my floor? When I left that morning, everything was normal, but during the day, a wall has risen in front of our door. Yes, dear reader. A wall. I am speechless. And a bit impressed that they managed to erect a wall during some hours only... But what is going on? Hm - those rangolis might have to wait a bit to go on that floor... 
Stay tuned to follow my mysterious-wall-tale, dear reader... And Diwali is coming up 1-5. November by the way, so still plenty of time..:-) 

Wish you the best, and thanks for following:-)

10 comments:

  1. Very nice explanation for Diwali, I am guessing for your readers back home. The colors captured from the markets are true colors of India.

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    1. Thank you, Prasad, for your nice feedback. Very appreciated:-) Have a good evening:-)

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  2. ah Diwali! my favorite holiday. I'm so excited. I'm going to be looking for your updates as diwali approaches. I miss Mumbai dearly!

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    1. I can imagine, Archana:-) Diwali is such a wonderful festival! Best wishes from your dear Mumbai. Warm thoughts to you:-)

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  3. A wall in the middle of the corridor looks suspicious... they have ruined that floor! Looking forward to resolving the mystery.

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    1. Yes... To be continued:-) Best to you:-)

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  4. Diwali is such s fun festival...full of colour and excitement! In our family we play cards till early hours in the morning. (I fall asleep early though!)
    Are you using stickers or powder for Rangoli this year?

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    1. Ha ha - that sounds fun:-) It is a lovely festival - I agree:-) I am going for both, but very simple versions..:-) They are so beautiful! best to you Amelia- have fun with your preparations:-)

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  5. Wow!
    Diwali is such a festive and joyous occasion. I do miss my family back home at festivals like these. Seeing the pictures brought back so many happy memories. My mother just recently sent me a package of all the stickers and rangoli. Really looking forward to Diwali.

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    1. Me too, Asmita! It is such a lovely festival! I can imagine you miss them..:-) Warm thoughts to you:-)

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