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Diwali in Mumbai – loud & bright

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.

  1. I LOVE host families. They make the travel experience so amazing.

  2. Ayngelina says:

    What a great time to travel to India, hope you’ll be there in February when I arrive.

  3. Anonymous says:

    So wonderful that you were able to experience such a major holiday with a host family – no doubt you saw a very intimate side of Diwali by staying with the family :)

  4. Anonymous says:

    The designs with sand look so intricate really beautiful, i bet it took a long time to make them

    • Adam says:

      I loved these! People draw/create them for just about any occassion! But for Diwali, they were exceptionally brilliant.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’ve heard of that festival before! It looks like it must have been pretty awesome to be able to experience it in the flesh and blood!

  6. enrolled agent cpe says:

    Part of their tradition is creating those Rangoli. I was able to watch a TV show before that showed how it was done. I have to admit, I’m really amazed with their creativity and talent as some of them takes weeks or even months to finish.

  7. i have always wanted to go to India to see the Diwali festival. the video post is really cool

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