After wishing me through email, Liz asked me today how would I celebrate Diwali at home. I gave her a paragraph of the short version. And here is the complete story about my last Diwali at home, which was a few years ago.
My cousins and friends came over in the afternoon for Diwali lunch at our house. It felt so nice to meet some of them after so many months, even years (I moved back to my parents’ after living in Singapore for 8 years). We took tons of pictures and I made use of my Instax camera, a birthday gift, for the very first time and finished three rolls on it. I would love to keep this tradition, to meet my friends and extended family at least once a year.
We got a delivery of this pretty pink red velvet cake from my cousin, which was a nice surprise!
My Diwali gift from Mama Kween was a pair of earrings which macthed my Punjabi suit’s color.
Mama Kween made all of these Diwali treats!
I also prepared party favors. The last time we hand out these were like two decades ago, can you believe it?! I included our childhood favorite such as Nyam Nyam, Silver Queen chocolate bar and wafers. I also put some souvenirs from Bali. I think everyone was happy to get one, no matter how old were they.
At least I was when I opened one a day earlier :D.
Mama Geek also cooked a lot of food the day before. Twelve dishes to be exact!! I have no idea how did she pull it off. She even cooked sambal matah, my favorite Balinese style chili paste. My mom’s a Super Mom!
We celebrated Diwali with Lontong, an Indonesian rice cake, which usually made during the Hari Raya celebration. An example of cultural assimilation between Indo-Indians.
Once again, Happy Diwali!