NaBloPoMo – Day 9 – Saturday my favourite day and a Diwali Party

Today I spent studying Qi Gong Moving the Program of Life charts and learning a new meditation. After my day was done I quickly got changed and went out to a Diwali dinner party, of course in a new party dress! 

From Wikipedia – “The name “Diwali” or “Divali” is a contraction of deepavali which translates into “row of lamps”.[10] Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil.[11]These lamps are kept on during the night and one’s house is cleaned, both done in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome.[12] Firecrackers are burst because it is believed that it drives away evil spirits.[13][14][15] During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends.”

We had such a fun night out eating some incredible food my friend had prepared and lighting sparklers with the kids. I think the kids enjoyed that the most as it was the first time they had seen them! Yes sparklers are so much fun, I remember the days when we used to write with them and take long exposure photographs! 

I ended the evening eating this leaf with spices called ‘paan‘ – it was funny as I had no idea what it was and it tasted like sandalwood incense! I was asking my friends whether you can get high from it but it wasn’t the correct leaf 🙂 still it was intense and felt like my tongue went numb but that was probably the clove or the fennel seeds?!?

The kiddos having a fun time with the sparklers and the lights

A light fantasy!

Peace man!
This year it was finally time to do the drive through light experience! A friend of mine kindly asked if we wanted to join them for the fun… I was quite skeptical at first – the long line, waiting in the car with 3 kids in the back. Well my friend had a secret and we went early – yes that is the secret go at sunset! So our wait was around 20 minutes which was fine and the kids had each other to keep them entertained for that time so everyone was happy. When we finally got through the gates – it was lights down. Drive through and stay in your cars the signs were saying, I didn’t really want to get out as it was a bit chilly willy out there. Here he is ice skating. Chilly Willy the penguin that is!
Cute penguin on ice skates
We had a wonderful time and I had my video camera in my bag too so there is a video that goes with this Xmas joy – it is such a fun way to get into the holiday spirit! And here is a link to the video