A trip down the Diwali Lane!!!
The Diwali brouhaha is just over.
All of us have gorged on Diwali dinners and sweets to our hearts content.
Our hands are tired of lifting shopping bags but our minds are excited about all revelry of new clothes.
The doors still have disheveled rangoli and lopsided torans.
But in this era of green Diwali i just took a trip down the memory lane.
Just to see if we can follow some traditions with a trendy twist.
Diwali vacations always started with my mama taking all the children in the family for Diwali shopping.
This experience of shopping together with cousins is something we can definitely emulate for the next generations.
Coz shopping has retained its charm across generations.
In today’s busy world, coordinating to shop together can improve the bonding between children.
With the decreasing number of siblings, these bonds are going to become priceless as years go by.
Plus, when we buy rangoli colours, diyas and torans from indigenous vendors, we can also explain to our tiny tots about how the livelihood of these people depends on our purchases.
A live demonstration will teach them to appreciate the importance of sharing with the less fortunate.
The week before Diwali was always packed with my working parents sitting late nights to make the Diwali faral.
The late nights where my parents used to sit with my brother and myself was another way in which we used to bond as a family.
I always asked my parents that why they stressed themselves so much about the faral b‘coz most of it stays uneaten for a fortnight.
Would it be better to rest during the holidays?
They always answered saying that Diwali comes once a year and we should make the traditional auspicious sweets at least once a year.
As I made faral last year, I discovered the excitement in my daughter while she helped me make laddoos.
Her honest reaction to all my efforts was just another way for us to do and appreciate or criticize things together.
Diwali mornings always resonated with my mother threatening that if I wake up late on this day I would spend the next year waking up late.
I still remember waking up to the smell of ubtan and fragrant soaps.
The exchange of sweets with neighbors and family…
The annual communication with neighbors is something we need to teach this generation.
Increasingly busy lives have decreased the communication between neighbors.
A large number of children have social communication issues nowadays.
While we have access to speech and drama classes and therapies to make the child communicate, let us not forget that everything begins at home.
Let us look at this as home based therapy.
Even the ritual of putting rangoli can have so many implications.
A child can learn about color, texture and art.
But the bright colors also instill a feeling of festivity and cheer in everyone.
In addition, when people do rangoli together with neighbors the communication increases.
As I was trying to figure out the logic behind the shenanigans of Diwali, I finally figured out the secret.
Whether it’s wearing new clothes, applying colorful torans , putting decorative rangoli , spreading light through diyas , meeting for family dinners or shopping from indigenous sellers; Diwali is all about giving and sharing our belongings and joy, not just with our family, but with the community at large.
As I grow older, I finally understand what it means to keep traditions alive.
I truly understand the feeling of passing the torch on.
A happy Diwali and a prosperous new year to all my little ones!!!