One of the best things about growing up in Trinidad, was that it was so cosmopolitan. East Indian, African, Spanish, French and Syrian cultures combined and made the country and the people I knew ablaze in color and festivity. One of my favorite holidays was Diwali. It’s celebrated by Hindus, as many of my friends and family were. This “festival of lights” inspired displays of lit deyas, clay lamps, that were lit up to signify the triumph of good over the evil within every person.
I happily lit my deyas on Diwali, but more importantly, we drove around the countryside looking at the spectacular displays of lights that others had put up. Some were content to simply line up as many deyas as they could on every flat surface of their homes, but others created huge structrues, some of them moving, that made the lights into a technical and spectacular show.
If you celebrate Diwali, go out and celebrate. If you don’t, you can find out more about it here.