“Did you celebrate Halloween as a kid?” asks my four and a half-year-old, as I try to paint fangs on her face.
“No,” I told her, “we celebrated Indian festivals. Halloween is mostly an American festival.”
“Ooh! I love American festivals!” exclaims K, as I think to myself, “Oh you firang!”
The black outline mixes with the wet white paint, and the fangs I am trying to make on my daughter’s face turn a sickly blue-grey.
“Must do them again,” I declare as she rushes to the mirror to check the out. The paint is wiped off and we try again. This time making white triangles directly, a little splotch of red. For the blood. My little vampire is ready. For surely a vampire is unrecognisable without some blood on the face.
With bats on her dress and painted fangs on her face, the kid is happy. A very happy vampire.
20 years ago, I would never have imagined taking an active part in a festival I had just read a bit about or watched glimpses of on TV. And frankly, I found it terrifying, the menacing pumpkins (I could never for the life of me understand why someone would do that to food!), the creepy costumes, the more fantastic the better. Of course not the candy. That part always fascinated me. The loads of free candy that those kids seem to get. I would have loved to get my hands on that.
And here we are today. All excited. Secretly proud of the fangs I managed to paint with my non-existing painting skills. And also happy to have expanded our festivities. Being able to participate in many more festivals than that our religions and communities allowed at one time. Maybe it is the food that brings us all closer. For surely, we all relish Lohri’s gajjaks, Holi’s gujjiyas, Diwali sweets, Guru Purab’s prashad, Eid’s sevaiyans and now even Halloween candies.
Here’s to the festivals of the world and the specific delicacies that they bring!
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