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Heeding Haiku With HA: Festivities

This Thursday, we celebrate the Festival of Lights, Diwali, in this part of the world. It is the night of the new moon when the darkness prevails around the world and we brighten it up by lighting oil lamps and by rejoicing in the festive atmosphere.

There are many legends related to the festival and you can read about them here.

The preparations begin at least a month before the festival as people carry out thorough cleaning of their residences, and work out the operations of renovation and reconstruction.

The actual festival time starts with Dhan-Teras, which is said to be the auspicious day for shopping and the markets are thus frequented by everyone on this day. The next day marks Choti Diwali or the first day of Diwali, which is followed by the main day of Diwali, when the families gather to light up their houses and to participate in activities of bursting crackers and enjoying the fireworks. The next day, people visit each others’ places with greetings of the festival. In simple, it is a day of socializing.

This week, I would like all of you: the moderators of Mind Love Misery’s Menagerie and the visitors and participants alike to celebrate the festival with us, by writing any short form of prose and poetry and sharing it with us down in the comments. And if you are posting a tanka or haiku on your site, you can submit the link to the linking widget below. But, I would encourage you to participate in the comments section this week and create an atmosphere of festivity by sharing words with each other and by having a good time. You can write back and forth(play renga) or just share your thoughts about darkness being invaded by light. Be free. Enjoy and celebrate with us.

Happy Writing!

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About anmol(alias HA)

I write poems, prose, and things that lie somewhere in between and beyond.

19 comments on “Heeding Haiku With HA: Festivities

  1. Prajakta Athavale
    October 22, 2014

    I think this is the best time of the year. Lighting up the house. Making faral (special Diwali snacks) and decorating with rangoli. After 3 years I’ll be home for Diwali. I cannot wait! This when we all come together – friends, family and even random strangers in the revelry. A celebration of good over evil.
    Happy Diwali and a Prosperous New Year to you and your family!

    • georgeplace2013
      October 23, 2014

      My favorite time is Thanksgiving when the family gets together. The cooking and great food, my kids and grandkids home, football games and the Macy parade is such a family oriented time.
      Isn’t it wonderful that all cultures have celebrations and ritual that brings families and friends close?

    • anmol(alias HA)
      October 24, 2014

      Happy Diwali.
      I do love all the things that you have mentioned. To celebrate together adds into the merriness of the festival. πŸ™‚

  2. julespaige
    October 22, 2014

    Light in any holiday makes the celebration brighter. May all the goodness and happiness of celebrating Diwali spread joy for all.

    • anmol(alias HA)
      October 24, 2014

      Yes, lights do brighten the environ and our moods. πŸ™‚

  3. georgeplace2013
    October 22, 2014

    “The actual festival time starts with Dhan-Teras, which is said to be the auspicious day for shopping and the markets are thus frequented by everyone on this day.”

    Please forgive my cynical bones but this quote just made me laugh. In the US stores now have three holidays going at once: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Those merchants are pretty good at making auspicious shopping days.

    Now that my pettiness is over… Happy Festival of Lights. May the light illumine your path.

    • julespaige
      October 22, 2014


      I’ve become more of a cynic myself – as soon as I see holiday stuff – I pretty much stay away from the local mall until the middle of January. I don’t put on my light anymore and give out candy at Halloween anymore since our boys flew the coop. And just last week I was floored when the clerk at the grocery story wished me a Merry Christmas. Good Grief. I have to go food shopping.

      I think good will should be all year round, not just when someone makes a request for themselves or for others (like the groups that call you on the phone and say they are collecting for a good cause but only give the charity maybe 10 cents on every dollar they collect – after all they have to pay their telemarketers and cover overhead costs), when it is cold or there is a disaster. I do most of my charitable contributions anonymously. I get less junk mail that way πŸ˜‰

      Hoping everyday is filled with enlightenment for everyone πŸ™‚

    • anmol(alias HA)
      October 24, 2014

      Ha! Of course, the merchants benefit from the schemes put forth during the festive season. πŸ˜€
      And thank you for sharing words with us. πŸ™‚

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  5. J
    October 23, 2014

    warmth and light
    piercing the midnight skies –
    festival of joy!

    • anmol(alias HA)
      October 24, 2014

      The light and its warmth and the joy that surmounts… a perfect description of the festive night. πŸ™‚

      • J
        October 24, 2014

        Glad you liked it HA πŸ™‚

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  8. Bastet
    October 24, 2014

    May the light of Diwali bring joy to one and all!

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