Returning home to Dilli from the UK early last week, India didn’t waste a second in reminding me why I love her. A jam packed calendar of festival means that everything was suddenly full on. And it is not over yet. Diwali is coming.
You’ll have noticed that the pages of Namaste New Delhi have been quieter than usual over the last couple of weeks. A combination of a trip back home, festival time and a trip to the Jodhpur RIFF Folk Festival meant there were less posts than usual. Sorry about that. I hope you’ve missed me. From tomorrow onwards, normal service resumes.
Indian’s love a festival. Never missing the chance to sing, dance, eat sweets and celebrate. Anyone wanting to get involved, will be welcomed warmly and taken along for the ride. It’s a journey I love going on. India’s warm, welcoming people greet me with open arms and sweep me up.
This month has seen Gandhi Jayanti, Navatri, Durga Puga, Dussehra and Murraham. But the biggest event of the year, Diwali, is on its way.
So, it’s time to get ready. I’ll be blogging over the next couple of weeks about this Hindu Festival, where to go, what to see and what melas you might want to attend.
But for the moment there’s a few posts giving you a flavour of what India’s been like for me over the past week or so. If you missed out on any of these festivals, make sure you make a mark your diary for next year.
Each and every one is a special treat in its own unique way.