"Gabriella is not Indian", says Sophia on the eve of Diwali. "So she has no henna"
"Well. mummy is Indian, Daddy is Romanian, and that makes you children of the world", I said. "So you can celebrate anything you want"
So here's how we celebrated Diwali
On the eve of Diwali, we explored Henna. Instead of me putting henna on the girls, we made it more fun by tracing the children's hands onto paper. They designed their own henna art.
This was Anjali's
And it got transformed into Henna designs
Here is Sophia's seaweed on rocks, clouds and birds
We colored rice
And used it for our rangoli
Here the girls are working on the rangoli
The rice was colored using food coloring. Nothing fancy
But I love how the rice came up in shades, there are atleast five shades of blue in there
And we put out homemade diyas on the flower to become additional leaves
On Diwali morning, the girls were up bright and early. Before sleeping, we talked about the importance of waking up at Dawn and how it symbolizes new light and the destruction of evil. So when I woke the girls at six, they jumped out of bed, put oil on their hair, and took a bath (even Sophia)
We prayed at the altar, put on new clothes and ate our sweets
Then it was sparkler time. Its still dark in the playground
But it was fast getting light, evena s Sophia warmed up to the idea of sparklers
Girl power. We danced Chammak Challo on the tree
Doesn't the rangoli look beautiful in the front door
The Diwali temple trip. Owing to the fact that the girls were up early, we were at the temple early and didnt have to deal with the crowds. As we were returning, the queues were extremely long
We went to patti's house where all of us napped before lunch, had a nice lunch, played and came back for the evening sparkler party that we have at the playground.
We took a detour for this
As even princesses need to play in the mud - even Belle
I love the girls' henna art! What a great way for them to get artistically involved!ReplyDelete