Although we don’t live in India , we try to leave no stone unturned to capture the essence of this beautiful festival and all that it means to us. The preparations start a few days in advance by making a loads of sweet and savory food by my very overenthusiast of a husband .And then on the big day there is getting up as early as possible ( before the crack of dawn ideally or according to folklore you go to hell !!! well I’ve gone to hell in quite a few years !!!!!) a mini oil massage, scented bath,gorging till you burst on all the food we ‘ve made and of course lighting the whole house up . It is after all the festival of lights! Dressing up in our best clothes and lighting lamps all around room by room. The best part for me is always when in the end everything around comes aglow and I cant help but be overcome by a warmth happiness and gratefulness for having celebrated this festival which signifies the victory of good over evil to the hilt. !!!