The Frenchies represent a blend of three cultures, French, Australian and Indian and therefore, it is important for us to ensure that our kids (born and raised in Australia) maintain a link to their cultural roots. Diwali (Deepavali) is one of the celebrations that I try and incorporate where possible into our own family (low key of course), to keep that link alive.
Australia is fast embracing Diwali celebrations with the growing Indian population and local councils run events in various locations throughout Melbourne to mark the event.
I love getting my sweets (desserts), spices, nibbles from local Indian speciality shops. (This week though, the shop keeper looked a little puzzled, when I asked for the little earthenware lamps and other Diwali supplies...especially when I revert to my indian-english accent).
Traditionally the four days have specific celebration requirements, however in in our house-hold we celebrate over one day - We don't go to temple, and this year I've invited friends over.
The Frenchies, celebrate with lighting of lamps, 'spring' cleaning the house and preparing Indian dishes. The kids will help with the lighting of the lamps and sparklers and setting up the solar lights in the garden.
It is times like these, that I wish I had paid more attention when growing up in India. Family celebrations and special festivals make me acutely aware of being so far away from family. If only my sister-in laws or nieces were around to teach my kids too. (Can't even obtain a tourist visa for them thank to our rigid government!)
Travelling to countries during particular Festivals, means you get a glimpse into the country's culture and see people at their best celebrating what is important to them. It is such a joy to celebrate events and I particularly love the social aspect in an ever increasing busy life.
How do you share your cultural heritage or traditions with your kids?
What is your favourite Festival?