Ghaziabad Travel Blog› entry 10 of 10 › view all entries
October 29th, 2008 – by: paganmom
I was blessed to spend Diwali with my new friends in Ghaziabad. During the afternoon we ventured into the streets of the marketplace to buy fireworks for the children at the house, as well as bags of puffed rice and sweets to give to the street children in town. The streets were so packed you could barely move. Our driver had us get out as we could walk faster than he could drive. An hour later we met him approximately 50 feet from where we left him!
After market, we prepared everything at the house for the evening.
We drove to visit their friends/family in town. I found that nothing moves quickly in India. After hugs were exchanged and we insisted we were in a big hurry, we were expected to sit, partake in drinks and food and talk! There is no such thing as stopping by, handing a gift and leaving. It was so fun!
When we got home it was time for the cerimony and prayers. Family gathered around the alter, singing and bell ringing happened, then it was time for fireworks!
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