Excerpts from today's Hindu Metro Plus (Hyderabad edition):
"Deepavali, the biggest and the most pompous festival in India, is celebrated differently in different regions, but all treading the traditional path."
Vinita Pittie, Designer: "Within a period of one month we worship all the main female deities. We all do it, but don’t know why."
"The house is vacuum cleaned (our version of spring cleaning) and decorated passionately with oil lamps and flowers. ."
"...we bathe ourselves with a paste of haldi, gram, seasame seeds and other Indian ingredients. "
Deepika Reddy, Danseuse: "Since I’m also a guru, this is a good time for my students to seek my blessings and they come laden with boxes of sweets."
I think 'pompous festival' takes the paayasam, but I'm wondering which I'd choose for second place. I feel rather fond of people going around the house in a frenzy of passion, scattering flowers and spilling oil in the wake of vacuum cleaners.
What do you think?