Friday, November 4, 2016

Our Diwali 2016

This past weekend was so busy that we're still recovering from it! On Sunday, we celebrated Diwali, and Monday was Halloween. One of the things I love about being in a multicultural marriage is that we get to celebrate double the festivals - and this year, both these fun-filled holidays happened to be on the same weekend!

This year, Diwali was pretty low-key but we were happy to celebrate in a simple way at home. Husband-ji was off work so we spent the whole day together as a family. My mother-in-law woke up early in the morning and did a special Diwali pooja with Maya.

The big question was whether Maya was going to like being dressed up in traditional Indian attire, since she is very specific about her clothes and personal style. I avoided a tantrum by letting her choose between two new pattu lehenga's, and she also picked out all her jewelry herself and her bindi too. The pattu lehenga was silk, so it was very comfortable and she kept it on the whole day! She kept twirling around in it like a Disney princess, and she decided she wanted to have her hair down, instead of her usual preferred French braid.

Husband-ji and my mother-in-law spent the whole day cooking a delicious meal of tamarind rice, drumstick sambhar, brinjal curry, rasam, mint-coriander chutney, aloo jeera, and corn fritter pakora's.

By dusk, we got all dressed up in our new outfits and took our special Diwali annual family picture. We also lit an assortment of diya's and candles which made the house sparkle. Our friends came over after that and we ate all the delicious food and the children played together so nicely.

It was also the first time I wore the saree while pregnant. I picked out a new designer saree that husband-ji brought back from Hyderabad recently, which was so special. I didn't know if I'd ever get the opportunity to be pregnant again during a Diwali, so I wanted to be extra extra glam this time!

(My baby bump!)

The best part of it was that Maya was very involved in all the aspects of Diwali, from selecting her outfit, to helping pluck coriander leaves for the chutney, helping with the diya's, and helping Pati with her pooja. It was all very exciting for her.

Celebrating Diwali put me in such a nice mood. It is such an uplifting festival, and we have so much to be thankful for this year.


How did you celebrate Diwali this year?



  1. I can't believe how big Maya is getting! I'm so happy for you, glad that everything worked out the way you wanted and that everyone is happy and healthy.

    Happy Diwali!

  2. Alex,

    You look so beautiful in your new saree, love it! Maya is so grown up in the pictures, love her new pattu lehenga in purple and gold, looks beautiful. Glad Sandhya was able to cook a delicious meal and celebrate with a pooja. How special! Husband-ji is looking handsome in his kurta, looking good.

    Best wishes to you on your pregnancy, you are looking great.


  3. Oh my goodness, how grown up Maya looks in her lehenga! So gorgeous, she certainly looks like a princess.
    And look at you looking all aglow and glamorous in your fabulously bejeweled saree!
    A belated Happy Diwali! (It's called Tihar here in Nepal)

  4. Congrats for your second pregnancy�� ..i think its been long time i read ur post ��..
    You look georgeous in saree ..maya is soo beautiful in pattu pavadai ..i have to thank you for growing her hair long�� ...wish you happy diwali for your family��

  5. Nice baby bump, glad your pregnancy is going smoothly ! -Pad

  6. Maya looks so grown up, and so gorgeous! How nice to be able to celebrate Diwali as a joint family. Beautiful pictures!


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