Sunday, October 22, 2006

Diwali Day!

Have realised that festivals are a lot more ceelbrated when one is outside India than when in India!!

Of course being in India has its own feel...but yesterday was my first action packed diwali day!!Needless to say I missed all the yummm sweets and the laxmi pooja done mommy style.....but think Diwali made its presence felt yesterday!

It was our first Diwali at home after marriage and yes the house was cleaned and dutifully lit with diyas and we also attempted a "mommy style" pooja at home with the aarti and laxmi katha.....and of course for the first time since moving to HK I got a chance to wear my Salwar Kameez.....Finally!!!!!!!!!

Post that we paraded to a friends place for a yummy potluck dinner which was preceeded by loads of booze and some really firey games of Taboo and cards.....and somewhere everyone seemed to be happy to be with each other and have friends around on this special day where home is missed so dearly....

The day ended by watching two of our friends getting stripped off every penny they had in a game of cards....played in true diwali "gambling fever style"......

Its strange how we indians create our own little Indians in every part of the world and so dearly hold on to what we have cherished all our lives.....these little moments of joys, togetherness, festivities....want to make you thank god for making you an Indian....I surely do:-)

So all you bloggers before I forget...."Happy Diwali wishes and heres praying for a lovely year ahead....filled with loads of joy and happiness and tonnes of smiles..."

May the Diwali fever live on....!

40 Comments:

At 11:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Festivals are a lot more missed when one is away.

For a change I missed the noise, the action and the fireworks, not to forget the sweets.

 
At 11:41 AM, Blogger amitsinha said...

nice celebration. this diwali started with a sad not by breaking off with one of my best fren j a day before deepavali. But, it was special for me as I spent diwali with my family after 6 years. And , I felt to enjoy festivals in India , u need to be with ur family. no one can replace ur family.

 
At 11:59 AM, Blogger Pri said...

@ ekta n anand
wish u a real happy diwali n lots of love, happiness n good health throughout the year :)
hav fun!

 
At 12:53 PM, Blogger Dalicia said...

happy diwali to you! :)

 
At 12:58 PM, Blogger Twisted DNA said...

Happy Diwali to you too.

"It's strange how we Indians create..."
That is very true. We create a micro-societies where ever we live, with their own cultures, norms and manners!

 
At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Diwali to you too. I could so relate to your post. We actually did things on Diwali..which is different from when I was working in India because there everyone was involved with their family celebrations. Diwali was fun this year.

 
At 6:27 PM, Blogger wish4guns said...

Happy Diwali to you as well. I must say that You put it very well there.

 
At 8:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Diwali to you too :)

Did you burst crackers? :P

 
At 9:16 PM, Blogger Aditi said...

Happy diwali!!

 
At 12:58 AM, Blogger How do we know said...

Happy Diwali Ekta! I came home to Delhi for this festival. We do not have crackers in this house bcs of the child labour thingie, but we have a super load of everything else.. the flower rangolis, the painted diyas, the sweets made at home.. loved the whole jing bang!!

 
At 9:36 AM, Anonymous Mehak said...

Happy Diwali !!!!

oye even we played Jua on 21st....was lotsssssss of FUN !!

 
At 11:17 AM, Blogger Keshi said...

Happy Diwali to ya Ekta!

Seems like u had a cool one :)

Keshi.

 
At 11:26 AM, Blogger Boldnbeautiful said...

Hey Happy Diwali to you.

yes its true, we miss the festival when we are away from home.

:)

 
At 3:44 PM, Blogger Eclipsed Thoughts said...

hey... A very happy deepavali to you... enjoy babes...

 
At 4:39 PM, Blogger my life.... said...

happy Diwali/ Deepavali to u as well... actually, the best time to celebrate diwali is when we were young... we get all our relative gatherings and $ as gifts from our older relatives... but as time goes by, the real fun is not there coz all of us have grown up... i really missed my diwali celebrations when i was a child.

 
At 7:42 PM, Blogger M (tread softly upon) said...

happy diwali to you guys too!

 
At 9:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

stupid blogger finally lets me wish you and anand a happy diwali :)

 
At 3:29 PM, Blogger justme said...

:-) I was up the whole night playing cards and loosing money too :-)

 
At 10:10 PM, Blogger manish said...

so you turned into a gambler on the diwali night,the GREAT gambler :-))))Wish you a belated happy diwali :-)

 
At 10:29 PM, Anonymous pria said...

Belated diwali wishes to you too.

 
At 10:35 PM, Blogger Sudarshan said...

Hey ekta..how have you been?

First of all, wish you a very happy diwali, even though I'm a bit late..:-)

You're right in saying that indian festivals are celebrated in a much better way abroad than in India lol..i've lived abroad, and I agree with ya..:-)

Further, Indian people as well tend to behave better abroad than in India lol...:-)Don't you feel so?

 
At 12:18 AM, Anonymous Stone said...

hmmmm....suddenly we become lot more religious for sure!!
Now I visit temple lot more than I used to do back home.
We also had out first diwali away from home, and we too managed to create diwali-like atmosphere with lot of lights, but again home was missed terribly.

Good to see you back :-)

 
At 5:58 AM, Blogger SCRIBBLEZ TO WAKEUP said...

Hey..Belated Happy Diwali to you...
Since me not settled we just went to Indian eatouts and also had Gulab Jamun...Last year I too did cleaning and some chota pooja and all...U guys have had a ball! :)

 
At 11:32 AM, Blogger Saira said...

HI..Belated diwali to You...and ya i liked that line when u wrote ppl outside india are more excited abt the festivals..coz what i think is that the charm and the enthu of these festivals is decreasing day by day...good to here that u had a great time..take care..enjoy!!

 
At 5:30 PM, Blogger Casablanca said...

I was in Hong Kong last Diwali, and being quite lonely, I had gone to the Happy Valley hindu temple to attend the 'aarti'. There I bumped into a friend's friend... and to cut a long story short, some people that I met there are now my very dear friends. They made sure the rest of my HK stay was truly awesome. Talk about a godsent :)

 
At 9:18 PM, Blogger starry nights said...

Happy Belated Diwali to you and your family. good to see you back.

 
At 10:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Diwali to you. We did something similar, met at a friends place, ate and sang and it was definitely fun in a diff way.

 
At 11:29 PM, Blogger punjabi~car~freak! said...

IT is still on I mean Diwali got an extension here with Eid- ul -fitr.

Nice blog!

 
At 11:38 PM, Blogger samuru999 said...

Happy belated diwali to you!
It was nice to see you at my blog..
thanks for the nice comment about
my poem!

Margie

 
At 12:37 PM, Blogger Priyankari said...

Happy Diwali to u too! enjoyed ur post:)

 
At 11:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hii dropeed in as a passerby does. Belated happy diwali. as you asked for ,may your diwali spree go on an on an on......
enjoyed reading how your diwali was at a far-away land

 
At 3:50 PM, Blogger shruti said...

hello ekta,
festivals brings lots of joy with themselves..
it brings us closer...
wish you also a great year ahead...

 
At 5:15 PM, Blogger Suji said...

Happy belated Diwali! Wishing you and Anand health and happiness in the coming year.

Good to see u back!!!

 
At 8:55 AM, Blogger Known Stranger said...

you are true. for 25 years diwali never been so much felt except those young days to burn crackers. of last for past 10 years diwali was just another holiday bur for first time when away from home, mind and heart yearned for diwali celebration - the adopted near by home is little india in singapore thought it didnt serve those yummy food yet to a level for men the way to heart is through stomach isnt it ?

 
At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yup, nice time to have a blast :)

 
At 5:53 PM, Blogger KJ said...

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At 5:55 PM, Blogger KJ said...

wishing you and anand a happy diwali and a happy new year..

:)

KJ

 
At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey where's my comment?:( looks like it didn't grt posted!hmmmphh!!!

never mind...mine was great too:)and now back to work I guess:p...

hey btw, changed my blog url to voices-at-the-winodow.blogspot.com, kindly update:) and sorry for the inconvenience, thanks...see u around! and hope to see more of ur posts...tk care

 
At 4:25 PM, Blogger Rohini said...

Happy Diwali and welcome back...

 

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