In light (pun intended?) of the fact that it was just Diwali, a thought occurred to me. Not a thought as much as a question maybe or I basically just started wondering about something!
Every Diwali, we bought candles, placed them wherever we could on the house- ledges, railings, gates, driveways and then around 7pm , we lit them .The house glowed in the magnificent radiance only candles have. Some years , the candles would last an hour and the others for four hours. The next day, we would scrape the melted wax off wherever we could and collected it in a pot which we eventually melted down to make one big candle! This was a ritual. And a super fun one at that too. That kind of defined Diwali for me. I am not a big fan of crackers or giving people presents (I don’t mind getting the presents though #justsaying) , think playing cards are a waste of time and money so this was pretty much the one thing I looked forward to each Diwali. It wasn’t just us that lit the candles and diyas, it was the entire neighbourhood twinkling away.
Then China happened. And the markets were flooded with all sorts of lights. Okay, that isn’t entirely fair because lights have been around for years at Indian Weddings. Still. Fairy lights , and those long tubey lights suddenly replaced the lovely candles. (Also it’s not like I hate fairy lights but just for this post, think candles are better!)Easier to install, longer lasting which possibly made it cheaper to have lights instead of candles? It basically nullified an entire tradition. You can sigh with me at this loss. *sigh*
This year we lit some (really long lasting) candles and it reminded me of way back when and thats where this post is stemming from ,I suppose. One thought led to another. One Pinterest board to another and suddenly, I was staring at lots of pictures of lovely weddings where there were lots of candles being used and I thought, why don’t people use more candles at weddings?(Here is the Pinterest board that started it all- http://www.pinterest.com/avnidoshi/entertaining/). Probably because it is cumbersome and someone has to light them and take care of them but really,those are just excuses. You see so many people doing nothing at weddings who have been employed to do something-why not delegate the duty to them?Or,light diyas which are close cousins to candles and are longer lasting and easier-ish to manage.
Photos via The Unreal Bride
Or have clusters of them? That way you don’t have to walk the entire length and breadth of where the wedding is being held lighting candles . Which ,in the way today’s wedding are,would probably mean by the time you light the last candle, the first candle extinguished half an hour ago.
Photos via The Unreal Bride
If you fall in to the category of super senti , want to make everything myself at the wedding or you know want to give away something homemade as favours , then why not let that thing be candles?
And since we were talking about China- how about ending the night with some Chinese Lanterns?