‘Twas the Night Before Diwali…

Words by Katie / Photos by Kevin

‘Twas the night of Diwali,
And all through the country,
Every Indian was stirring,
From Mumbai to Delhi.

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Each candle, each lantern,
All burning bright,
Enough fire and oil,
To light up the night.

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But before all the fireworks,
Destroyed every ear drum,
And the sky turned more smokey,
Than the usual pollution.

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There was work to be done,
Some final preparation,
For India’s biggest holiday,
A Hindu celebration.

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First, the accessories —
Get saris and bangles,
And make sure that your henna,
Dries before getting mangled.

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And don’t forget flowers,
Colored sand, and clay pots,
Decoration is key,
More is better than naught.

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Now let’s start the rangoli,
Symmetrical patterns in sand,
Make them at your front door step,
To bring luck, make it grand.

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Then string all the lights,
Place the candles outside,
Before Laskmi and Ganesha,
Are invited inside.

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The puja begins,
A prayer to the gods,
Give up ghee as an offering,
Partake one and all.

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Eat as much as you can,
Before the fireworks start,
Time to light up the sparklers,
Watch smoke, flames cut the dark.

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And last but not least,
Eat all the sugar you can,
Treats feature highly,
In the whole Diwali plan.

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Cookies and candies,
And sweets galore,
Prepared by Ragini’s family,
Who we absolutely adore 🙂

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One Comment

  1. I am an Indian. Sometimes we take our previleges , our art and our culture. Your blog took me to a short trip to me own country. Thanks a lot. You guys are doing a beautiful job !

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