Havan fire ceremony
Havan fire ceremony (Hindu prayers for Diwali)

Diwali, also called the festival of lights, was last week. It’s a big Hindu holiday and that’s about all I know about it. I was lucky enough to arrive in Mumbai just in time for all the celebrations. And to have a gracious family host me for the holiday. It’s a lot like New Year’s Eve. People exchange sweets with friends and family, enjoy delicious family meals, say prayers to the goddess of wealth, and launch lots & lots of firecrackers. All-in-all, it’s a lot of fun.

Diwali prayer.

Elaborate designs made out of colored sands & powders – called a Rangoli. I probably stepped on a thousand of these walking through various buildings.

Firecrackers in the street. Firecrackers everywhere!

No, this isn’t a war zone. It just sounds like one.

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