So, the festival of Diwali has gone as suddenly as it had arrived.

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So, the festival of Diwali has gone as suddenly as it had arrived.

As I took a walk in my colony this morning, you catch sight of last night’s celebrations all around,

The colourful diyas now protectively hold tiny pools of melted wax and ash.

The Rangolis are still radiant, albeit slightly disheveled.

You probably see or hear yourself and your loved ones laughing, in that very spot that someone cracked a joke yesterday.

Friends and extended family have now gone, making promises to meet again soon.

The kandeels, the bright lively guests, will stay, illuminating our homes for a little longer.

The sweets and savouries have now been stored away and will be served at tea-time, as mementoes of Diwali.

The clothes and Jewellery that we chose with great care, that made their grand appearance yesterday, have been put away for the next big occasion.

The winnings & losses at the annual cards sessions are still being tabulated and will never tally,

As all the festivities slowly recede into the distance and we get back to the daily routine and grind,

Let’s all take a pledge & make a promise.

That in our heart, we will let the lights remain,

That we will continue to share and care,

That we will continue the pledge of giving,

That the bonhomie, the sharing & caring with the family, friends & even strangers on the street will be everlasting,

That the donations that we made and gifts that we gave will continue to please us till the next big occasion.

That in spirit and being,

our celebrations will continue,

That we will attempt to call and meet our loved ones a little more often,

and that the laughter that came in abundance yesterday, will make an appearance everyday.

That we will celebrate life and make every day of our life a special occasion and will not wait till the next big occasion to celebrate,

Here’s wishing everyone a happy festive spirit & Lots of love and laughter all the year round and not only in festivals and special occassions like Diwali.

May God bless you with celebrations the entire year round and may you have a great year ahead full of good health, happiness,prosperity great companionship and friendships.

May you stay Blessed forever.