Discussion in 'Hinduism' started by Namaste Jesus, Oct 22, 2019.
How is Diwali celebrated at your place, NJ?
Just the wife and myself this year, so things will be fairly subdued. 9 days before we stop eating meat of any kind. A few days before, we clean everything and get our Mandir ready for Diwali night, which is 27 October this year. That morning we'll make Indian treats, laddu and so forth, prepare fruit, cut flowers and decorate our Mandir. In the evening we'll place the fruit and flowers on the alter and light numerous candles inside and out, burn incense and say our prayers and wishes for the new year. In my wife's country fireworks are also part of the festivities, but for the sake of our neighbors here, we generally forego that part in favor of some nice decorative lights.
Our celebration came to an abrupt halt early this morning when we received word that my wife's cousin in Fiji had suddenly passed away from an acute asthma attack. This hits especially hard as my wife and she were raised together and have remained in close contact. She was just in her early 50's too...
I’m very sorry for your loss. I hope your wife finds strength during this difficult time.
Condolence. No easy words
Much appreciated. Official cause of death is being listed as sudden heart failure. Apparently she'd had an asthma related episode earlier in the day and had to use her rescue inhaler, but did recover. Later that night however, she suffered a heart attack, stopped breathing on the way to the hospital and could not be revived.
It was just so unexpected. I mean, she did have asthma and was slightly overweight, but otherwise healthy. She got around much better than I do in fact. But alas life goes on and so does Diwali. Normally in my wife's tradition, when there's a death in the family such celebrations are curtailed for 1 year, but seeing as how we'd already started, we were compelled to bring the festivities to a conclusion. Albeit, a rather somber one...
@Namaste Jesus, how is your wife holding up?
She's doing well Steve, thanks for asking. The 9 day after funeral rituals are going on now and she's been able to talk with her mom via messenger most every night.
I'm happy to hear she's been doing well and been able to talk with her mom. I hope that the post-funeral rituals prove even more cathartic.
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