Diwali

In India life and death are cheap … the girl child, rape, marriages of convenience, the caste system. Laws inadequate for this is the barrenness of harvest or pestilence ever present in daily life.

Funeral parades and shaved pilgrims a constant reminder of death. Each village celebrates their nominated Hindi god, Saravasti a favourite. Fasting, prayers and musical parades with effigies honour their aspect.

But the major national celebration is Diwali, the festival of light. Lights blaze and religious rituals bless home, livestock and fields. Lights and fireworks brightly chase away darkness, clearly visible from outer space.

Hardships and grief paused as they enthusiastically celebrate. Everybody completely united … why can’t this be a more consistent state. Inclusion to break down strongly ingrained archaic barriers.

Women give birth and serve yet they bear the brunt, slave labourers, subjugated and denigrated far too much!

dVerse, 144 word prose to tell a story, Bjorn
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36 comments

  1. Yeah because we don’t celebrate Eid with pump and show like them , we live a simple life.. If I tell you a little bit about us.. We don’t go for luxurious life as we believe in simplicity , charity and giving. No show off kate. Yet I love diwali but I love Christmas very much. Every festivals teach us something .! I’m looking forward to see you writing on Eid kate . ☺

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    • You know more than me Sameer, I look forward to hearing about it from you … would be a much more cheerful and devotional post from someone who participates 🙂 please …

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  2. Happy Diwali, Kate! As for the bit about celebrating together, you’ll be surprised how people of all faiths, communities and societal strata enjoy our common festivals of Diwali, Holi, Christmas and Eid! Thanks, have a good one!

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  3. Okay kate.. I will.. But I would love to write when Eid arrive.. Because it’s not the right time you know. Yeah but Christmas is on the way… I wish if I had someone who participate Christmas and take me to church with him.. It’s one of my dreams kate.. I’ve never been to church before.. But surely I would love to go once in my life. ☺

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    • My goodness Sameer .. go by yourself! I explored various religions when I was only eleven years old as I was so curious. Some religions made me feel welcome and comfortable others not so … but what an experience! 🙂

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  4. Poignant and true, SweetKate.
    Thank you for sharing this and for teaching others. We should take the time to learn about as many cultures and religions as we can…and get involved to help better people’s lives.
    I wish the lights could shine brightly every day and dispel the dark-things in our world…and wish we could celebrate the good every day and that would stamp out the evil.
    (((HUGS)))

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  5. There is much inequality in many countries… Light should be a resounding beacon.
    a constant that just something one should use to make disturbing shadows…

    Well said for any community that lacks honor for all.

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  6. All cultures and countries have some degree of hardships, grief, and injustices. But when religious festivals occur, everything is forgotten and all enjoy. We had so many Hindu and Christian friends who would bring baskets and bags of savories and cakes home during Diwali and Dasserah and Christmas. And mother always made sure to send plates of biryani and chicken khorma etc. including typical Muslim desserts to their homes during our Eid.

    Kate it is a pleasure to come here and read your posts.

    http://www.amazon.com/author/zakiahsayeed.

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