October 19, 2009
The Diwali madness is nearly over and I am coming out of hiding. Or rather, of my blogging exile.
Last week, I enquired about the exact extent of the Diwali holidays.
“Well – my workshop manager said. You see, on Friday is Choti Diwali.”
Choti Diwali, literally, “Little Diwali”, is the day before Diwali. It’s a holiday, and the craziest day of the year: people shop like mad. Clothes, sweets and firecrackers are being bought en masse. The traffic is total, loud, intense chaos.
“Then Saturday of course is Diwali. Sunday, it doesn’t matter because it’s a Sunday anyway, but it’s Govardhan Puja, very important puja.”
“Great. Does that mean we can work on Monday?”
“Noooooooo! Monday is the brother-sister festival.”
“But that’s Rakhi, that’s in August!”
“No, not Rakhi. Rakhi is when sisters go to their brothers. On Monday, brothers go to their sisters. It’s called Bhai Duj.”
“And it’s a bank holiday.”
“But of course.”
“What about Tuesday?”
“Tuesday is a holiday too.”
“Oh, come on, I pleaded. what for?”
“Well, just to rest.”