Yes, it was the ultimate celebration for the people closest to me. Occasion was Diwali festival. Venue was home sweet home and I planned a party for my dear husband and our two sons.
Being one of the major festivals, one remains busy throughout the day. The day starts with early morning “Shudh snanam” which means massaging head with coconut oil and body with sesame oil. Then applying pack made of gram flour, malai ( cream) and rose water to scrub off the dead skin and finally rinse it with warm water. This makes the skin and hair glow. Though oil bath is a weekly ritual in South India, it has a special significance on Diwali.
Reluctant to go through the process initially, my three musketeers finally agreed to massage followed by bath. “No painful scrubbing and messy bathroom”, they declared.They were all set to glow in the evening.
House was set for the evening lightings. Diyas, Rangoil, decorations were taken care of. Sweets were made. Temple was decorated for Laxmi Poojan. Eco friendly crackers were bought.
Though lady of the house is treated as Goddess Laxmi as she is the one who brings prosperity, happiness and wealth in the family, the corner of deities had to be decorated well to welcome Maa Laxmi.
Â Just a personal touch of my cookery skills, few home made candles to make the ambience warm and welcoming, old country music to play in the background…..wow!
Oh YES! some fresh flowers along with greens from the garden and HERE I GO…..
And then it was time to be ready wearing a big smile to welcome the guests……of course my husband and kids were top on the list along with friends and neighbors. Happy Diwali !!!
It was a day filled with mutual love and affection. I received so much of love from my three handsome hunks for whatever little bit I had done for them. How did you like my Diwali preparations friends?
It’s so colourful! the way everything is decorated 🙂
Yea, I had lit up inside too. Pictures are in mobile and still need to be uploaded. I was too tired today.Thank you for the compliment.
Thank you for the time to make this post 🙂 you’re so busy 🙂
Missed you all.
And you too 🙂
Beautiful holiday celebration. I could go for oil and a massage any old time. Sounds like heaven me 🙂 Your home is so very lovely, as is your family!
I loved to get this lovely note from you. We have this luxury of getting maids who can give very good massage, that too at reasonable prices. Mothers also give to their babies when they are born till they start walking. I have a dream home. I will create one, once Tarun retires and we have a permanent house till then these service accommodations are good choice. Thank you.
Lucky you. Ubtan…maids and all…I know 🙂 Happy Diwali!
Yea, the advantages to live in old towns. Maharashtra still carries its old rituals with pride.
Thatâ€™s very nice. Rituals should be kept alive or they die. I too try to follow them.
That is a party to enjoy and relax. you have a lovely family and everything was so perfect. And I just love the sari you are wearing.
Thank you for the sweet compliment. I prefer wearing saris on traditional days but everything depends on time and mood. Four of us were together after a long therefore it called for a celebration.
I’m in awe… You are beautiful! Happy Diwali!!!
Thank you Amy. I’m blushing you know.
So beautiful…both your decorations and your sons!!!!
Hey, glad to be connected with you. I thought you were away for a break. Have a cheerful sunday.
I have one last day at the fair. See pictures on my blog on the “Faces” post.
So beautifully decorated! I can see you had a very Happy Diwali 🙂
Thank you for appreciating the efforts. Yea, had a real good Diwali. Keep visiting.
Looks very festive. Glad that you had a wonderful Diwali 🙂
Thank you Kat. Welcome back.