Deepavali celebrations at Mrs V’s house

deepavali2.jpgThis Deepavali was one of the most elaborate ones I have had in the last few years. We had 3 different parties- one for close family friends, another for my ex-students and a third for the rest of our friends. All 3 were simply wonderful because of the friendship and love that surrounded us.

deepavali01.jpg Terence, Chwee Ling, her son Kai Yang, my son Rishi and I enjoyed the sparklers a lot. In fact that is practically the only thing you can do here because firecrackers are banned. I am all for this, because firecrackers are responsible for many deaths in India every Deepavali. But a part of me yearns for the lights and noise of a traditional Indian Deepavali.

deepavali02.jpg  Mrs V & Mr V!

deepavali03.jpg  Here’s the whole family- Rishi, Mr V, Mrs V and Arjun.

I know it looks as if we were the only ones there, but really there were loads of people. You’ll just have to take my word for it! I wish we had a better backdrop than a dreary grey HDB void deck, but it can’t be helped. My house is much prettier in photographs but I don’t dare risk lighting sparklers in it. We do a massive cleanup each time we light sparklers, to avoid messing up the void deck.

If you would like to know more about Deepavali- the stories behind the festival, how it is celebrated in different parts of India and what its true significance is, click on the link below. I urge you to take the chance to find out as much as you can about festivals that are celebrated by various races in Singapore. If we all do this, we might be able to move beyond the mere interracial tolerance that we have now, and achieve true understanding and appreciation.

deepavali.jpg  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali

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2 thoughts on “Deepavali celebrations at Mrs V’s house

  1. Hey MrsV, HAPPY DEEPAVALI! (:
    I know its weird for me to post the qn here.
    But anyway,
    Can you give me some links to find good newspaper articles on the net?
    Thanks alot!

  2. Diwali also known as Deepavali and also the “festival of lamps”, is an old Hindu holiday celebrated in autumn annually.
    The fest spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.

    The festival preparations and rituals commonly go over a
    five-day interval, but the main holiday night of Diwali coincides with the darkest,
    new moon night of the Hindu LUNI-SOLAR month
    Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.

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