Happy Diwali Everyone! I hope you all had the most wonderful time celebrating yesterday. Diwali is definitely one of my favourite times of year for lots of different reasons.
1. Food, obviously - Between the mithai, the pakora's and the samosa's it's safe to say I'm the size of a house this morning. But calories don't count on Diwali right? RIGHT!
2. The Candles - Not that I need an excuse to splurge at Diptyque but Diwali is the one time of year you NEED candles so it's well worth stocking up. I was so glad there was no wind yesterday as I was able to light up my porch with tea lights and it was so beautiful. I saved the Diptyque for inside of course!
3. Family Time - As with any festival or celebration, spending time with the family is always the best bit. Whether you go big or low key, nothing beats getting all dressed up and sitting down for a delicious meal with your loved ones.
4. The Fireworks - The sky was definitely lit up last night. We usually visit a professional firework display for Bonfire Night on Nov 5th but I think part of the Diwali fun is setting off fireworks in your back yard whilst trying to protect your inevitably flowing duppata from the flames. And a special mention for sparklers, because waving them in the air to write your name never gets old.
5. Visiting The Temple - Whether your celebrating at the Gurdwara or the Mandir, it always feels extra special to visit the temple during a festival and it never ceases to amaze me how a bustling temple can still feel so peaceful. Whilst a lot of bigger temples go all out I love visiting my local Gurdwara as you will undoubtedly run into countless friends and extended family which is always lovely.
6. Mehndi Time - Getting my mehndi done is one of my favourite things to do and I ALWAYS get it done for Diwali. Things just feel much more festive when you have mehndhi and it definitely ties in with the whole ritual of getting super dressed up.
7. Getting All Dressed Up - As I'm sure you can imagine, I LOVE getting dressed up and a mid week Diwali gives me the perfect excuse to pull wear a tikka and payal on a Wednesday. Which leads me to number 8.
8. New Clothes - This is a personal tradition of mine as I ALWAY buy a new suit for Diwali and the whole shopping process from outfit to accessories is one of my favourite things to do in the run up to Diwali. This year I wore my Dentelle Noir Anarkali with a beautiful gold necklace and a strong red lip for a simple yet striking look.
Is Diwali your favourite festival to celebrate too? What are you own special festive traditions? We'd love to hear from you.
Love Gina, xoxo