“You seem to have festivals every week in your country!”.
This is the sentence I hear so often from my peers at KTH. For which I proudly reply, “Yes, we do”. Festivals bring us together as a community and a sense of belonging. And this feeling of socialization is especially necessary when you are outside alone in another country.
What other festival is better than Diwali to reunite people to celebrate the victory of good over evil. The metamorphic disappearance of the darkness of mind and letting light enter. This was my first Diwali outside home and I did feel the difference. I missed the sound of firecrackers bursting in the neighbourhood, the constant persuasion from mom to take bath on a holiday, the celebratory feeling of a festival.
However, all wasn’t lost and truth be told it was better in at least a few aspects. Living among friends (read saviours) makes time during the festival more fun. The best thing was the different variety of food each one prepares. We celebrated it no less than how it is celebrated back home. We lit little lamps, made a lot of desserts, dressed into traditional outfits (not me!), just to get that feeling of home away from home.
Here are a few pictures from the celebration.
Wishing a Happy Deepawali to everyone celebrating it away from home.