We are celebrating Diwali this week. For those of you, unfamiliar with Diwali, its one of the most magical festivals of India. In a country that boasts of dozens of happy , colourful, beautiful festivals , that is no small feat! Preparations for Diwali start weeks in advance. Every nook and corner of the house is cleaned up and then cleaned up some more. Walls are painted, gifts are bought, sweets and treats are made in bulk, and decorations are done. The major among the last being the “Rangoli”. Colored powder, paints, flowers and lamps are used to make intricate patterns on the floor. Being creatively challenged, making rangoli was never my forte. I often
wondered at the patience of people who spent four to five hours to create something gorgeous on the floor, only to be swept away the next morning. But they say kids teach you everything. This year I learned that the rituals we observe during a festival may or may not serve any religious purpose. But they form traditions, that tie generations together, creating a happy thread that joins us to our past and future. I learned that “rangoli” is not about the colors on the floor. It’s about the memories in your heart. And two hours spent on creating memories for life seemed like time wisely spent!
The ‘rangoli‘ won’t make it to any design book but I hope the memories will stay in her heart forever!
Wishing you all an year-full of happy magical memories. Happy Diwali!