Diwali

Since I didn’t really know that I was going to be celebrating Diwali this year, I totally didn’t plan for it, and so there was a brief panicked period of about six hours when I realized that I had (a) nothing new at all to wear and (b) no idea how to celebrate Diwali. This led to me celebrating in a haphazard fashion two days beforehand, and then realizing that no image of the Goddess Lakshmi exists in my house (I have since remedied this, in time for the actual holiday). Aamba has been a kind (if long-distance) point of support, and so I feel a little less lost.

In honor of doing things (sort of) right, I have both organized an outing to a local temple to attend the Chopda Puja and the Diwali fireworks (possibly in sarees if it is not stupid-cold) and also created a rangoli outside the side door, using a leftover bag of rice flour and some turmeric:

(Sorry about the photo quality – way-lame iPhone photo is better than no photo at all, as far as I’m concerned.)

And then the CG brought me a lovely diya, which I lit two days ago out of sheer excitement (and have since refilled with ghee and cotton wicks):

So pretty. I bought some tea lights and have lined them up in rows of 20 (as one is apparently supposed to do in anticipation of Sri Ram’s return from exile) and have saved some teeny chocolate cupcakes to share with the husband.

This has been the most delightful discovery. I’m not a big fan of regular old New Year, and lately the Western trend of starting Christmas sales in October has started to grate on me, so this is completely awesome. The preparation in advance has a purpose! It means something real, not just broken resolutions and a champagne hangover! (Apologies to those of you who really do enjoy advance Christmas sales and New Year’s celebrations; I am super-glad somebody enjoys the things I seem to have trouble with, because those things should be enjoyed by somebody somewhere, and I mean no offense).

Tonight I am going to savor a long, cleansing bath in preparation for tomorrow.

Anyway, Happy Diwali to everybody!

(And if anybody wonders where this is all coming from, it’s been coming down the pipeline for a while, but I had a conversation with my father. Previously a stalwart and immovable influence on my religious life, he has opened up to new ways of thinking and has proven himself to be very accepting, and so I am feeling that with the new year comes time to stop being so shy about the whole thing, and be cool with who I am. I may even join a study group!)

About HappyGoth

By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish. I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob. Therefore, knitters = angry mob.
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6 Responses to Diwali

  1. Gori Girl says:

    Happy Diwali! Hope you’re having a great weekend.

  2. seo submit says:

    good molly knitters = angry mob , i read your blog , be a nice blog and perfect. Good for everyone. useful and diwali content. i will often to read and comment your website.

  3. ela says:

    Sorry-diyas

  4. ela says:

    Happy Diwali to you and ur family.Your rangooli looks so pretty and so does your diysa. Really beautiful.

    • HappyGoth says:

      Thanks! It was still there in the morning, and looks much better in the daylight! I can’t wait to light the diyas and all the tiny lanterns around the house tonight. So beautiful.

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