One of my most favorite holidays after Christmas is the Hindu celebration – Divali (pronounced Diwali or Deewali)
It was celebrated this Saturday.
I don’t know the significance or the why because I am not Hindu and my ancestors weren’t Hindu at least I don’t think they were.
My father’s family is originally from Madras, India and they came to Trinidad as missionaries to preach Catholism. What I do know is that Divali falls on a night that is supposed to be the darkest night of the year and many little lights in deyas are light to help one of the Hindu gods find his way to where I can’t remember! (deyas are tiny clay pots)
Very cool! And of course being a celebration! The food, specifically the curry is also something I would look forward to.
I loved as a child to be driven through the areas light with deyas. They were always displayed in such elaborate designs and because it was indeed rather dark, alot of the times the lite deyas would appear to be floating in the dark. As I got older I would make out the thin slips of bamboo bent to achieve these marvels.
But to me being Catholic, Divali was not only beautiful, but it also meant that Christmas was right around the corner! And I love Christmas!!
Oh by the way today Trinidad and Tobago along with the Muslim population celebrates Eid Ul Fitr…ending 40 days of Ramadan (fasting and prayer) quite similar to lent. So as my father would say Eid Mubarak.
(And no Trinidad and Tobago is not a Muslim country we just have a healthy respect for all of our people and their religions of which there are many. The country of Trinidad and Tobago people are 40% black , 40% indian, and 20% other. The other being chinese, white, syrian etc.)