Diwali in St. James

Festival of rain


A table with jars of oil

Just moments before arriving in St. James to the  Singh family who celebrate the Diwali festival every year, and open their home to the community, the sky was thicken with darken clouds amidst a rainbow that stretched across the horizon. If this had any meaning, it did not damped the festive mood on one of the streets in St. James, Trinidad and Tobago. What was supposedly to be filled with oil, the deyas were now filled with water and mounted on bamboo structures that were quite familiar. There was the spider, the Cobra, boat and elephant. And as helpers were busy draining them off in time for the preparation of Festival of Lights later this evening, the table was set for guests to enjoy a meal.


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