This past weekend was Diwali. Diwali is one of the most important festivals in the Hindu calendar and is celebrated across India and around the world. Being a festival of lights, Diwali is celebrated by lighting candles around the house as well as lighting firecrackers!
So, Varun and I decided we needed to celebrate. So, we grabbed our Indian friend Liz and went to Toronto’s Gerrard street India Bazaar to partake in the festivities.
After buying a pound of Indian sweets, we went to see the dancing. These girls are my heroes.
Next, we saw Dandia. This is a traditional Gujarati dance with sticks! I was hoping to see lots of people in a circle like I’ve seen in the movies, but these girls wow-ed me nevertheless. Liz and I vowed to sign up for Bhangra in January and improve our moves.
After the dancing, we warmed up with cups of chai. It was lovely! I’m hoping to go to India one year for Diwali, as Varun tells me they light firecrackers on the street that are so big, they’d be illegal here. Sounds awesome! Happy Diwali!!!
P.S. In case you don’t watch The Office, this is a poor quality video but hilarious excerpt from the Diwali episode they once did. Enjoy!