Happy Diwali

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Prayers to Lakshmi are offered for prosperity. What an auspicious time to be in Jaisalmer

I celebrated it with friends, watching fireworks on a roof top, sharing food and listening to traditional songs. The song in the video, other than the Happy Diwali song sung by Ali, tells of the love of another far away, coming back to renew mutual love. Such a beautiful memory.

When you watch the videos remember, they are not organised displays like at home. They are individual fireworks, sometimes placed in plastic bottles, set off outside in the streets, from around 8pm all through the night.

Returning home in the safety of a tuk tuk as it was getting, quite frankly, a little risky with young lads thinking it funny to scare passers by. And if you ever wondered about the safety of sharing a ride on a bike here, their reflex skills must come from dodging bangers and firecrackers.

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