Saturday, October 17, 2009

How We Plan to Celebrate Diwali

Faithful readers of this blog know that I have a Hindu friend. Today is the high holy festival day (although I don't know that she'd use those terms) of Diwali. Diwali is a harvest festival, a festival of lights, a festival that manifests hope for the year to come--most religions have such festivals. My friend has a Hindu temple down here, so she doesn't feel as alone as she might. Still, she's talked about how hard it is to be part of a minority during her festival days.

Today, before she goes to the temple, a few of us are going to see the movie Bright Star. It seems appropriate. It's a beautiful movie that celebrates life and light. We'll eat popcorn, which I figure stands in for the traditional fireworks (think popcorn in the popper) as well as the harvest gifts that people usually give each other. Hopefully we'll renew our poetry/creative selves by watching this movie that is so swoony about the act of creation.

Happy Diwali, all!


Shefali Shah Choksi said...

Today, on Diwali, your Hindu friend counts you as one of the major reasons why the Universe has been kind to her.
I couldn't think of a better way to spend my festival: at home with friends!

Isha said...

Hi Kristen, this is Isha. What a thoughtful entry [: Thank you so much. I hope you all enjoy yourselves. And Happy Diwali! [: