Diwali away from Home
Festivals are all about being with your family, spending time with them, enjoying traditions, and most importantly being happy! So Diwali or Deepawali was on 7th November 2018(the date changes every year but it usually comes in either October or November). It is an Indian festival of lights in which we celebrate the victory of good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. I would say it is one of the most awaited festivals of the year. During the celebrations, we decorate our houses with flowers, lights, diyas, candles, and lamps, make rangolis, bring or prepare lots and lots of tasty sweets, exchange gifts with family and friends, worship God, and a lot of people burst firecrackers. Even though Diwali is a major event for Hindu and Jain religion yet all of the religions across India celebrate it. These are the kind of different rangoli’s I made each year. They are made with powdered colors.
Do you know people not only decorate the houses but also the whole lanes like this picture. This year was my first Diwali away from home. It was a huge deal for me as I love the festival. A day before this Diwali I started reminiscing in the night about all the past Diwali celebrations. Each Diwali I was responsible to make rangoli, set up diyas, lights, and flowers around the house. I would wake up early in the morning for it and spend about 2-2.5 hours to make a rangoli in the courtyard. In the night my mother and I light up candles and diyas and place at all corners inside the house and along the walls outside. A day before my dad and I would set up the whole house from outside with fairy lights. Well, I was missing all of that and of course, the Indian sweets which are a little hard to find here in Linkoping. By the way, I have a sweet tooth and absolutely love Indian sweets.
About 4 days before Diwali I received a slip from postnord, which is the postal service here. I was wondering who would even send me a post or a parcel in Sweden. No one even had my address. I got really curious and 5 minutes later I received a text from my mother saying “Good morning dear! Hope you are doing well! How often do you check your post-box?”. That was really weird in the first moment for me but then obviously I figured out it would be her. I immediately rushed to Direkten in Ryd centrum with my slip and handed them over the slip. I got this heavy box. It was sent by someone from Tumba in Stockholm. Now my suspicion seemed sort of wrong. I brought the box to my room wondering if it was even mine or not but it had my name so I was like “okay, what the hell, let’s open this!”. The package had a 1kg box of a mixed variety of my favorite Indian sweets with a letter on top saying “Hello! Your mum contacted on our Facebook page to send you some sweets for Diwali festival. By sending you this we are fulfilling her wish. Your mother loves you. Happy Diwali – Priya”. I was awestruck, surprised, happy, shocked and crying at the same time! I called my mother and thanked her. I told her how she made my upcoming Diwali fulfilling and she told me how she found this Facebook page that sold homemade Indian sweets in Stockholm.
Well, all is well that ends well. On the day of Diwali, I had my sweets, got fairy lights from Ikea to put up in my room, and a few tea candles from Hemköp which worked like diyas, video called my family and wished them a Happy Diwali! Linköping truly made my Diwali a happy one.