Friday, 22 November 2013

Celebrating the heritage

semolina cookies
savoury bites
I grew up celebrating a Hindu festival called Divali It is the Festival of Lights plus a whole lot more for all Indians.  I grew up totally ignorant of the Hindu and Sikh meanings for the festival, I only knew that we got new clothes, mum and dad had parties and we made lots of sweet and savoury snacks.  We used to be dragged kicking and screaming into the kitchen days before, to help mum bake, fry and cook.
family with sparklers
cornflake cookies
Now we push mum into the kitchen to bake, fry and cook with us. We light candles at night and have a few (legal) fireworks.  Its family time more than anything else.
My niece with her henna

Lots of hanging colourful decorations
colourful clothes galore
the street in little india
buying sweet 
The garland makers
There is always a market in the area called Little India where people can go buy ornaments, candle holders and all sorts of bright colourful things to make the home brighter.  Fresh flowers, an amazing array of bright new clothes and henna.
getting Hennaed


  1. Love the garlands and the Henna, I imagine you would have to be patient. xxx Rae

    1. For the henna, yes! Have to wait and be patient while they do the henna then let it sit and set then only can you wash it off.

  2. Oooo! Love this post!

    It's funny how the meaning of holidays change as we grow older. When you're a kid, it's all about the fun and food and toys. Well, I guess it's about that later on too, but you know what I mean :)

    1. Yes I do. I am not Christian but love Christmas too but am not allowed to decorate my home as the son thinks I am nuts!