Diwali

Rangoli - women use sand to hand-draw images on floors and driveways.
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Well, Ben and I enjoyed our first Diwali!  This holiday is huge – kind of like Christmas for India.  There are colorful lights on houses, candles, artwork, music, sweets everywhere, and people going from house to house “calling on” family and friends (people still do that here and it is really cool!)  People light fireworks in the streets… literally, right in the middle of the street.  We were told this was a five-day holiday, but celebrations lasted from October 30th until yesterday… I guess people celebrate it on different days here.  I got hit by firework shrapnel twice during this holiday, once while riding on the back of the scooter – but we didn’t witness any house fires or injuries!
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