DIWALI OR DEEPAWALI
Diwali or deepawali is one of the big festival of India and Nepal.
Diwali is also known as the festival of lights as one can see ‘diyas’ or lamps lighted around the houses. (Diya is a small earthen pot with oil poured in and having cotton wick)
Without going in the in-depth details about Diwali (which is readily available in the internet), I share a small but funny incident during Diwali when I was a kid.
For me, Diwali meant one thing firecrackers and sweets and that too plenty of them.
During one such night, after lighting all the diyas along with my mother and sisters at home, I went to give sweets at my friend’s house.
My friend was lighting crackers and he happened to light a rocket, holding it in his hand.
(We generally use to light rockets in upright position placing it in bottle and from a safe distance by lighted incense stick attached to a long stick. That way, chances of any mishaps are minimal)
The moment he lighted the fuse with incense stick, the rocket came straight to me, as I was watching him while I was approaching his house I somehow managed to dodge it.
The rocket passed by me, bounced back after hitting the tree trunk and burst right at his dad’s foot.
(His dad was complaining of toe pain from two-three days back).
I froze and looked at my friend. My friend was numb and was looking at his dad and for that night, my friend's Diwali celebration was over.
The next morning when we met, my friend vowed that he would break and burn his dad’s favorite cane.