My Diwali 2015


What a week it has been! Super busy. Brad had a birthday party on Saturday and then I had an eight hour work shift on Sunday. Monday I had an appointment with the midwife, which meant dropping Brad off at work early in the morning and driving about thirty minutes. I find that pretty exhausting so I was beat for the rest of the day. Then Tuesday I got a surprise work day. I had thought I was working Wednesday but it was actually yesterday. So here I am finally getting a chance to sit down and … [Read more...]

Diwali 2015 [Hindu Holiday]


So first off we went to the midwife yesterday and everything went great. We heard the fetus's heartbeat! It was pretty amazing. Helped to make it all feel real and the pain I'm going through worth it. The midwife was concerned about my mental state, though, and she is sending me to a therapist so I can hopefully get out of this funk and enjoy my pregnancy!One of the biggest Hindu holidays of the year is coming up next week. Diwali (also called Deepavali) is happening on Wednesday November … [Read more...]

Reflections on the Week


I came to my computer to write a post and found that my cat is sleeping peacefully on my desk chair. He's too cute to move so I'm typing the best I can around him.This past Friday was Karwa Chauth. Last year I missed it completely. Didn't know it was happening until it was over. This year I knew it was coming but there was no way I could fast. And because of that I didn't really observe it much at all. My awareness of it happening came and went throughout the day. Hopefully next year Brad … [Read more...]

Diwali Time!

diwali shopping list

For many Hindus, this is the biggest celebration of the year! It is known to some as the "festival of lights" and to others as the "Hindu new year" (actually, when the new year is depends a lot on your sect and the region of India you're from, etc.)In America Diwali is probably the biggest celebration among the Hindu diaspora and it gets the honor of being the "Christmas equivalent." In America Christmas is huge (whether folks are religious or not) and each minority religion gets a holiday … [Read more...]

Swastika: One Symbol, Two Meanings


The swastika symbol has some pretty heavy baggage in the western world and that's a real shame. I think many people in the west are not even aware that it is a Hindu symbol and not invented by Hitler, though that is starting to change.Straddling the two worlds between America and India, I've observed that most people in America are unaware of the swastika's original meaning of good fortune and most people in India are unaware of the powerfully evil connotations it has in the … [Read more...]

Flower Rangoli Mold: Make Your Own


You know those amazing flower arrangements that you see around Diwali? Like these ones...25 most colorful rangoli designs with flowersI don't think I could freehand creations like that, but through a group of pins on Pinterest I figured out a way to make molds for them. I can't wait to try this!The first thing that I saw was this article on making big, beautiful letters out of flowers:The instructions at Urbanic Paper gave me some great ideas about how to adapt this … [Read more...]

My Diwali


Friday night Brad and I had a little Diwali party at our apartment and it was really nice.This is a Lakshmi altar that I put out in our living room. I drew the rangoli with colored sand that was on sale at Michael's. The murti is a new one from our wedding.Cooking puris for masala puri chaat! I had some trouble getting them to puff, but a few did!          Finished … [Read more...]

Happy Diwali! Shubh Deepavali! [Hindu Holiday]


Diwali is one of the biggest holidays of the Hindu calender. It's the last big festival before the quiet month of December. Particularly in the west, Diwali is an opportunity for outreach and many Hindu groups in America hold melas (celebrations) designed to bring in non-Hindus to learn more about Hinduism.For many it is the mark of the Hindu new year (some regions have their own individual new years). It is often called the Festival of Lights and one of its most recognizable features is … [Read more...]