It's raining here, crackers are banned unless it's the fourth of July, and worst of all - it is NOT a national holiday! Nonetheless, we are on our way to Virginia to spend our grand thalai deepavali with my ma and pa in law, and sister in law. We're eager to cuddle and coochie coo with our darling little nephew whose first ever Diwali it is too. And I just finished cutting out Kaju Kathlis...
If we were in India... Change of scenario...
- The Diwali spirit would already have been in the air... crackers, sky works, sparklers
- Messy roads with debris from all the fireworks and smoky skies
- Crowded movie halls with all the Diwali releases
- Ads on TV that start weeks in advance, about special Diwali programmes
- New clothes, sweets being exchanged, temple visits
- Best of all, a holiday and being with our entire family - considering it's our special thalai Diwali.
We're doing ok, we have mom and pop here, so it's really not bad. We have new clothes. I've made the sweets. We're going to go to the temple on Monday. I guess what we're really missing is the currently slushy, muddy Chennai with cracker stalls in every corner.
Happy Diwali to everyone out there. No matter what part of the world you're at right now, your heart belongs to home on Diwali more so ever than any other day.