21 October 2006

Diwali preparations


Diwali – the Hindu festival of lights – is here at last. Considered to be the most important yearly festival Diwali celebrates the return of Lord Rama after killing the Demon the festival symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Although the temperatures are around +35C these days it feels like Christmas. Sound of burning firecrackers adds to the general traffic noise, entire city is lit up, people buy sweets and greet each other. Our dorm prepares to celebrate too. Managers of tomorrow do not mind smudging with some hands-on work. The decoration has started this night with a few dorm artists making the frame for Ganesha rangoli (sand base picture to be covered with color powder). Rangoli is made for goddess Lakhsmi (the goddess of prosperity) to come to the house. In addition our dorm mates promise a lot of light and decorations all around the dorm (you see your obedient servant making hangers for oil lamps as contribution).Diwali is predominantly family celebration but those who stay on campus try to recreate it here. Tomorrow I will buy some sweets as someone might drop and I need to be prepared.

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