Wishing everyone a very happy new year!
It has been a rather eventful December. I had the opportunity to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s in India. It was great to catch up with family and friends, and also enjoy the relatively warmer weather. Christmas is not celebrated at the same magnitude in India as it is here. The primary reason behind this is that Diwali, the festival of lights, is the main festival of the year, and is celebrated in early November.
I welcomed the New Year with some of my closest friends, dancing away to Bollywood tracks. This year, I have decided to write a daily journal. While this may not appeal to many, I believe that a journal will help me get greater clarity on things.
Two weeks into January, we celebrated an Indian festival known as ‘Uttrayan’. It is one of my favourite times of the year, however, I had not been able to celebrate it since the past two years because I’d usually be in Manchester by this time. This year, however, I had managed to extend my stay a little longer. ‘Uttrayan’, quite simply, is the kite-flying festival. Everybody heads for the terraces to fly kites. It is a visual delight to see the sky colored in a plethora of kites. Kites are replaced by candle-lit lanterns at night. While it does get competitive as the main aim is to cut down as many kites as you can, it is also a festival that brings together communities.
It was soon time to bid adieu to Ahmedabad, and head back to a snowy Manchester.