An Indian American Family in the US: Celebrating Diwali and Halloween!

posted by Preethi Chandrasekhar, October 31, 2018

An Indian American mum writes a humorous and relatable account of her family's Diwali Halloween crossover celebrations in the US!
This year Diwali is too close to Halloween. And Halloween is my favorite adopted holiday. And it is more fun with a kid and living in a child – friendly neighborhood with trick or treaters galore and the kids in cute costumes.

This year, we have to temper our enthusiasm for Halloween. We have to decide whether to stick a skeleton, ghosts or assorted Halloween scary things in our front yard when Diwali is around the corner.

We have a scarecrow in our front yard now. Wonder if that is in the auspicious or inauspicious category. I have not bothered to check. 

I was dusting cobwebs near our front window the other day musing whether they make natural Halloween decor and my mother's voice rings clear in my head about how inauspicious the cobwebs are and I dust with renewed enthusiasm!

Last year we had cobwebs galore. We added them to our front yard bushes. Voluntarily!

This year, we will console ourselves with a pumpkin or 2, craving it to a neutral Jack o Lantern face rather than a ghost or a haunted house – my husband's favorite thing to do.

The Jack O lantern looks like those monsters which ward off the evil eye in many houses in South India. You see them hanging outside new homes. So that checks out for propriety, we tell ourselves!

You don’t want to be the crazy family with Christmas lights in September, he said.

Now for the lights! My husband refuses to let me put lights out starting at Navratri, though I have been known to do that In the past. You don’t want to be the crazy family with Christmas lights in September, he said. So we will compromise and add it for Diwali and let the neighbors think we are a little over-enthusiastic about Halloween and explain Diwali when asked.

We have a scarecrow in our front yard now. Wonder if that is in the auspicious or inauspicious category. I have not bothered to check. 

Happy Halloween! And have a great Diwali! 

How about a Diwali diya arrangement that doubles as Halloween decor? Check out this awesome crossover craft! 

     



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