Light and Dark Part Two: Interview with Sunshine

As promised, Sunshine did some thinking and writing about Diwali. The big celebration was last week and this is what she had to say.

How did you celebrate Diwali?

Well I started Diwali by wearing colourful clothes.  Then later at night, around 7pm we start our puja to thank god for a wonderful year, since Diwali is also a new year in India. Then after we take gods blessing, we light diya lamps. Which are mini clay bowls with a triangle somewhere on the rim of it. You put oil in it and cotton wick is lit up.  After the best part comes!!!  Sweets!!!  Well it’s not the best part but the sweets and food are always to die for.  When we are all stuffed we go outside, and light up fireworks. And since Diwali is usually on the darkest night of the year, the fireworks show up beautifully.

What does Diwali mean to you?

To me Diwali means the beginning of the new year. Where in the dark, light is always found. It means to spend time with the ones  l love and if they’re not there that we will always be in each other’s heart.

What is your favourite part of Diwali?

My favourite part of Diwali is the fireworks. It`s a really beautiful sight to see all the light colours illuminating the dark sky.

Does Diwali have any similarity to Halloween or are they two completely different celebrations?

They have nothing in common, really. Diwali is more associated with Christmas and New Year.  Since it`s the new year in India, also though Diwali has nothing to do with Jesus, it`s the time of year where you put as  much lights up as possible.  You also get to exchange gifts and food!!:)


What do you do at your school for these celebrations? I ask because you have kids from all over the world at your school which makes it a very interesting place!

Last year, when I was in grade 8 we didn`t do anything to celebrate Diwali.  But this year, it was like this humongus celebration!!  They were giving out ladoo (sweet ball)  and there was Indian music and Indian food being sold for lunch… It was just amazing.

These are photos of Sunshine’s family altar which was set up for the Diwali prayers. If you look closely you can see all the care that went into setting up all the offerings and lamps.

One thought on “Light and Dark Part Two: Interview with Sunshine

  1. Grant November 4, 2011 / 3:41 am

    Sounds cool…maybe I’ll celebrate Diwali next year or at least eat the sweets. Thanks!

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