Friday, 28 October 2016

Diwali and Halloween Are Round the Corner

Happened that these two festivals coincide almost on the same dates. Diwali is on the 30th of October this year , and  Halloween, well, as usual is on the 31st of October :) I like this because this way we celebrate cultures' chord for real!
My A's school has been decorated with Halloween stuff to the brim! I suppose they get from abroad or something because you can't find such stuff in the usual markets here. I am sure kids enjoy the change in the school's furnishing every week.
Today is the Orange day in A's class but I couldn't find ANY orange clothes for him, so I simply made a Pumpkin ornament and a diya sticker from orange foam paper to take along. Then A and D are having 4 days off due to Diwali - lucky boys :)
Now, what I have been up to. Though I did very little on a crafty front I managed to finish A's cape, here is a look of work in progress. We purchased this one to one meter of shiny material for 60 Indian rupees, which is equal to 0.90 USD. The sewing and design are my own - it has a hood as well :)
Yesterday, after dropping to school a leave application because little A stayed home with cold, I couldn't not to take few snapshots of lobby decor... when I was stopped by a teacher who said I wasn't allowed to take photos... hehe.

Today is also  a special pre-Diwali day called Dhanteras. It is auspicious to buy any metal things today like jewellery or kitchen utensils and appliances. So if you ran out of spoons, go get them! :) A pooja (a form of a religious ritual) is held in my D's office today. Many offices do this in order to welcome Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity (Lakshmi).
We wore traditional Indian clothing today. Here is my Indian suit. I loved how the colors became vivid under the morning sunlight!
Rangoli (in the photo below) is also being made in all the schools, offices, homes. Here is Ganesh is in the middle, people pray to him on Diwali for prosperity, wealth and well-being. Rangoli designs are endless!

Another rangoli one from my office which reads Happy Diwali written in Devanagari, and also two diyas (little oil lanterns) and OM are a part of this composition.

 Our big Indo-Russian family wishes you all a Happy Diwali - Let the Light come into your home and in your hearts, and make your life happy and joyful! 

16 comments:

  1. Are those last designs done with sand? I remember an episode of 'The Office' when they celebrated Diwali. It was really interesting!

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    1. Rangoli is made of colored wood shavings, perhaps colored sand can also be used. I haven't seen this serial)) otherwise Diwali is celebrated around the world nowadays.

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  2. Happy Halloween! Don't you hate when people won't let you take photos? Not stealing your ideas.....I have a blog!

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    1. It's okay Charlotte, they had reasons for not letting me :))
      Thanks for stopping by , hope you had a great Halloween...

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  3. Happy Diwali and Halloween! I hope you and your lovely little family have a lot of fun. :) xx

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    1. Hi Linda... Thanks and I hope you too had a great time on Halloween!

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  4. I am very excited about the nearness of Halloween and Diwali, which means that some of the Diwali decorations will be still up when we go out trick-or-treating. I'm hoping it doesn't rain, so that we can enjoy the beautiful Rangoli.

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    1. We didn't go out to trick-or-treat because here no one would have understood our spooky looks. Little A liked his costume but refused to wear after a while, so I didn't take a single picture of him in his black cape and mustache :(

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    2. I can imagine his wee mustache... I know he looked precious. And don't worry too much, in a year or two, he will love dressing up. They are always a bit fussy about these things at this age. ❤️

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  5. P.S. I hope one of these days, you let us see you in one of your stunning Indian suits. ♥

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  6. Beautiful post! Thank you for sharing some of these traditions! I agree with Magaly, would love to see you in one of your stunning Indian suits!

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    1. Thank you Stacy... Some day I will :)hehe

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  7. you did a great rongoli... i love it..

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    1. Hi Krishna... I didn't make this Rangoli though it is beautiful !

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  8. Happy belated Diwali and Hallowe'en, Hindustanka! I remember when my children were little and would get so excited about their costumes, but it always seemed to happen that somebody would tease them about it and they'd never want to wear them again. I would have liked to see little A in his cape and moustache. ;)

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