So it is Diwali in Jaisalmer at the moment and firecrackers have been exploding for the last 3 hours and will probably continue all night.
We were privileged enough tonight to witness a business man doing his “puja” for Diwali. This involved a ceremony which took about an hour. Images of Gods were washed, tied with string, covered in silver leaf, offered food and then sprinkled with rice and rose petals. Incense was lit and the diyas were held in front of the images. When this was finished the Diwali lamps were placed outside the shop. He would have then gone home to do a “puja” for his house.
After watching this we then walked through some back streets to look at all of the houses with their lamps lit and placed out the front. Fireworks were going off all over the place.
Earlier today we walked to the fort and through all the alley-ways and bazaars. Amazing! Mia and I looked through an 800 year old haveli, and then we walked back through the market streets. So much colour. The Rajasthani women’s clothing is beautiful; bright and covered in sequins and mirrors.