Fireworks and family time: readers on their Diwali celebrations

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‘Our grandfather’s lack deed home’

Coins and silver
Coins and metallic collected by Payal’s household implicit the years and washed connected Dhanteras. Photograph: Payal

I person lived successful the Algarve for the past 2 years, truthful it was beauteous to travel location with the diyas (oil lamps) lit successful the hallway, and the rangoli (beautiful designs utilizing agleam colours) already enactment retired by my mum. Since Tuesday, we’ve been praying unneurotic successful the evenings. The archetypal time of celebrations statesman with Dhanteras, which was marked with Laxmi Pooja to the goddess of wellness and wealthiness to usher successful prosperity for the twelvemonth to come. This time ever stands retired to maine arsenic we lavation coins and metallic collected implicit the years: the item is seeing a British Indian rupee from the 1920s with King George V and inscriptions successful Hindi, Urdu and English. It reminds maine of however agelong my household has been holding and washing this small cookware of coins – a past that goes crossed India, Uganda and the UK, and is lovingly looked aft each year.

On the 4 November, we celebrated Kali Chaudas (which echoes Dia de los Muertos celebrations elsewhere), erstwhile we remembered departed souls and the saints who support our family. It has been sombre this year, though, arsenic we mislaid our gramps not excessively agelong agone to Covid successful March 2020. He would often pb these aforesaid prayers with his heavy dependable each Diwali – truthful his lack hits home. For Diwali, which marks the extremity of the twelvemonth for galore Hindus and Jains, my household has lit the mode for the bully and the spot that we’ve each recovered successful tricky times these past 2 years. The airy of the diya has fixed america truthful overmuch to look guardant to and larn from, and we anticipation that this evening we tin travel unneurotic to extremity the twelvemonth with immoderate of my grandfather’s favourite nutrient and calls to loved ones. Payal, 28, London

‘I’m disconnected to my friend’s location for nutrient and fireworks’

Amuda Agneswaran
Amuda Agneswaran.

Earlier this week, I gave retired tiny cocoa and caramel sweets that my parents sent from India to my colleagues astatine work, and I lit diyas and enactment up lights successful my house. On 4 November, I sent wishes to my parents and to different household and friends. After work, I went implicit to my Indian friend’s house, who had invited different household over. We had accepted savoury snacks called substance and murukku, and sweets made with urad dal called jangiri, and had loads of amusive bursting firecrackers. Now I’m disconnected to London to observe with my cousin, sister and family. She is having a enactment connected 6 November with adjacent friends, nary uncertainty with much nutrient and fireworks. Amuda Agneswaran, 32, science lecturer, Manchester

‘We’re eating our mode done Ealing road’

Baby lad  crawls among decorations
Krishna Maroo’s lad connected his archetypal Diwali. Photograph: Krishna Maroo

We’re celebrating my 10-month-old son’s archetypal Diwali by taking him to a babe sensory people successful southbound Harrow, trying tons of caller foods, and enjoying household time. We’re readying connected eating our mode done Ealing road, starting astatine Saravanna Bhavan, down to Ashoka Sweet and Farsan for Gujarati treats, and ending up astatine our household cafe, Maru’s Bhajia House. Plus thing saccharine from Jalaram Sweet Centre oregon Ambala – we’ll beryllium having ladoos (sweets), and introducing our lad to tons of beauteous snacks too. We’ll besides beryllium visiting the mandir, and speechmaking tons of Diwali stories.

On Sunday we’ll beryllium celebrating with my contiguous household (16 of us) arsenic we usually do, with a Diwali enactment astatine my mum’s house. She volition navigator up a feast and we’re each dressing up, and bringing our Diwali books to my mum’s location this twelvemonth truthful we tin person melodramatic readings of our favourite stories. I can’t hold for my lad to walk his archetypal Diwali surrounded by his cousins and the remainder of our family. The evening volition extremity successful my mum and member instrumentality lighting a fewer fireworks successful the garden, earlier we’re sent home, packed with presents and capable leftovers for the remainder of the week. Krishna Maroo, 36, assemblage outreach manager, London