This year, on Diwali
Pooja: On Diwali evening, after cleaning up the home, we did Lakshmi -Ganesh Pooja, followed by Pari’s Gharonda pooja. Then, we had sweets and snacks. Friends came over and we burst crackers outside. We visited our neighbor’s house, had to come back early, as another friend came over our to our home. We had dinner: puri-chhola. Pari was so tired by that time, and she slept.
Diwali Gharonda: Like every year, Pari and Dad made this beautiful Gharonda/Doll House with foam board. Will do a separate post on making of Gharonda. So, this Gharonda has been beautifully decorated by Pari. It has living room and kitchen on the lower level, and two bedrooms on the upper level. All her princess figurines and magic clip Disney Princesses are enjoying their stay at this beautiful home, which was adorned by Christmas Lights. On the day of Diwali, Pari did pooja of this house too.
So, this year there was no party. Just few friends dropped in to wish Happy Diwali. These are the foods on the table: Chakli/ Murukku, Chivda, Dahi-Vada, Rabdi, Gulab jamun, Masala Puri Chaat, Dahi Puri Chaat.
I have never ever been able to make rangoli at my house. This time too, I tried making rangoli with colored rice, but again, a failed attempt. Well, the candles and buddha and a little green do spice up the decor. And, a bowl of water with rose petals and tealight candles work wonders to exhibit the festive spirit.