53 Week Journey through the Land of Drapes and Colors: Week #41

For details on all the sarees I have posted so far, go here.

Happy Diwali !!!

This year has been a very unconventional celebrations of all the festivals - both east and west alike. And Diwali has been nothing like before. Normally by this I would have had the pleasure to be part of so many community events or celebratory gatherings with friends. But this time I went to a very small gathering of 6 people at a friend's home. 

We all needed a little break from the continuous living in a bubble. We did maintain social distancing, wore masks (except for when doing one group picture), plenty of sanitizer and lots of tissues. All mixed in with food, fireworks, games and pure fun. 

I wore this gorgeous designer sea green Kanchi Pattu (= Pure Silk Saree woven by the weavers from Kanchipuram, India) with bead and stone worked motifs stitched all through the saree, bead and stones on the pallu (= part of saree that goes over your shoulder and behind); with gold zari and read thread work woven all through the borders on both ends of the saree; paired with a sea-green silk blouse with zari motifs of flowers.

This is a 15-year old saree that I bought it for my brother's wedding reception. I accessorized it with large 1gm Gold Earrings with green meenakari work (= special skill from artisans in Jaipur, India involving various colors filled in with the precious stone on gold or silver jewelry) and pearls; long chain of pearls with a gold pendant; and color-coordinated bangles on my wrists.

Here I am holding a beautiful ornate Diya (= lamp) with decorations of lights, stars and plastic stone flowers behind me. My friend captured the spirit of what Diwali means very beautifully here.

And here are some more pictures from the party. A few additional shots of me.

My contribution to the potluck - Edible Sparklers; and Diya shaped Kaju Katli (= made of Cashewnuts) - a recipe from my cousin Vinni who made it way more better than me.

The feast we had at the party and the people we shared it with together.

And finally yes, fireworks. We were skeptical if anyone would object, but we were lucky. It was fun to light your own crackers even if it were small flower pots, ground chakkars and sparkles only.

Finally it felt like a celebration; a festival; and much needed happiness in these days of darkness we all are striving through. 


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