Some days ago was the celebration of Diwali here in Mauritius.
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.
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.
There’s was also some competition about whose side of the road was seeing more decoration or the most beautiful houses.
Some houses were very simply decorated with only an outline of the roof area.
Others had a more ‘messy’ feel to them.
And yet others had lots of lights all around.
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.
We also saw some fireworks, which I don’t remember seeing much as a child.
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!
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.
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.
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?