Diwali celebrations

 

 

Some days ago was the celebration of Diwali here in Mauritius.

 

Diwali celebrations 2012

 

I remember as a child that every year we would hop in the car in the early evening and go round town to look at the decorated houses full of light. Dad would moan about the traffic of course, and mom and dad would inevitably, at some point, get into some kind of argument about the best route to take! But even so, it was a great family time that we shared. I remember seeing these beautifully decorated houses and they seemed enchanted and full of happiness. They made you want to be part of the celebration.

This year, we did the same thing, and went to see the roads full of light with the kids.

Unfortunately, it was more tricky than I thought to take photographs from a moving car… and they are not the the greatest in quality! But I do hope that they give you an idea of the great time we had!

The first part of the road was full of excitement and anticipation.

Here is one of the first lighted house we saw.

 

Diwali light festival

 

And as we started to see the first decorations, the children’s eyes shone and we heard lots of “Ooooooh” and “Aaaaaaah” from the back seat.

 

Diwali celebrations 2012

 

Diwali celebrations 2012

 

Diwali celebrations 2012

 

There’s was also some competition about whose side of the road was seeing more decoration or the most beautiful houses.

 

Diwali celebrations 2012

 

 

Some houses were very simply decorated with only an outline of the roof area.

 

Diwali celebrations 2012

 

Others had a more ‘messy’ feel to them.

 

Diwali celebrations 2012

 

And yet others had lots of lights all around.

 

Diwali celebrations

 

Diwali celebrations 2012

 

There was even some decorations on the move, as there was a van and some bicycles with Diwali lamps on! Couldn’t photograph the bicycles though as they were too fast.

 

Diwali celebrations 2012

 

We also saw some fireworks, which I don’t remember seeing much as a child.

 

Diwali fireworks

 

Close to the center of Vacoas, a whole lot of houses and shops were really beautifully lit close to each other and it was truly magnificent!

 

Diwali celebrations 2012

 

Diwali celebrations 2012

 

The municipality of Vacoas was also beautifully decorated, and there were lots of people as there was an event for the celebrations. The road leading to the municipality was full of life and happy faces.

 

Diwali celebrations 2012

 

On the way back, as we got trapped in some traffic, the kids started to doze off and the way back was much quieter. They did miss a few nicely lit houses on the way back.

 

Diwali celebrations 2012

 

Diwali celebrations 2012

 

I did look for some ‘diyas’ the traditional little earth lamps, but couldn’t find many houses with those unfortunately. I think most people now use the electric lamps which are easier to light up. May be, we would have seen more if we had left the main roads to go inside the little ones. Something to try next year.

 

How about you? Do people celebrate Diwali in your town? Have you seen these beautifully decorated houses before? How do you feel when you see them?

 

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2 comments

  1. Hey Priscille :) Thank you for this :) This year will be the first Diwali that I will be celebrating away from home – a wave of homesickness was taking over so decided to browse about diwali in Mauritius and stumbled onto your blog – very nicely written :) brought back wonderful memories! Happy Diwali ^_^

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