Friday, October 16, 2009
Investing in traditions
"Diwali is next Saturday?", asked the older one. "when we are going to paint the diyas?"
Growing up, the smell of my mother making sweets and savouries marked the build-up to the festival. In my house we paint diyas.
Two years back, I'd bought a stack of the earthern lamps for the kids to paint. It was an inexpensive way of keeping them occupied, and the were thrilled when their lamps were lit on Diwali. Painting diyas has now become a family tradition.
Traditions! They give so much pleasure. Why then are we so unwilling to invest in creating them?