Last Sunday, st attended the Diwali Celebration at the local Hindu temple, to ring in the Indian New Year. The parents of our daughter’s best friend graciously extended us the invitation and it was a spectacular event. We felt so honored to join for a 2nd year in a row. The Hindu religion and Indian culture is so spiritual and beautiful and to be able to share in such a blessed event was profoundly enriching. I’ve always been so intrigued by the Indian culture. Maybe it was the movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ and ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’ that ultimately touched my heart. But films cannot compare to the experiences felt by engaging in this unique and wonderful event. In just the few hours spent at the Diwali celebration we learned about Hindu history, language, cuisine, attire (the breathtaking Saris and Dhotis), the city in western India where Disha’s parents were raised and so much more. By taking part in this glorious event, we instilled in our daughter the importance of appreciating other cultures and opening herself up to learning about religions separate of our own Catholic faith. I believe that by doing so, one becomes more balanced as an individual, increasing our spirituality and becoming less inhibited. Even though we were probably one of the only non-Indian people at the festival, Disha’s parents made us feel completely comfortable and so welcome. It was as if we belonged there and everyone was happy, smiling and genuinely proud to include us in their sacred celebration. One day I hope to visit India and truly embrace the beauty, spirituality and mystique of this culture that has captivated me on so many levels. I want to take this moment to thank Disha’s parents for their generosity and for allowing us to share in such a momentous occasion. We also want to thank them for the lovely Diwali gifts, exquisite lunch and lovely hospitality. Happy Diwali everyone!