Sunday, November 3, 2002
gala time... time for celebrations and jubilations. It is Divali time!!
Year after year, we indulge in merry-making at this time of the year and
it seems as if the Indian panorama has come to life. In fact, life
itself emerges with all its vigour. Are festivals merely a means of
digression from the daily routines or are they about confirming one’s
religious sentiments? Or, perhaps, there is more to these festivities.
bit of tradition and a dash of modernity make Divali a heady cocktail
Great Indian Family might have splintered into double income no kids or
single kid units, but when it comes to Divali it is time to evoke
tradition and dress it up with modernity. For some Divali is more about
meaning than money, others revel in teen patti and splash of
silks while for others it is the elaborate, ritualistic puja
which is the high point of the day. There are some families, who have
over the years evolved their own codes and style of celebration and
followed them religiously.
A taste of
Chennai in Chandigarh
Sivaram’s family, Divali continues to be a tradition-bound affair,
with each family member zealously participating in all the ceremonies,
whether it is the puja or the oil bath, called ennai kuli in
their home state Tamil Nadu.