Have a Sparkling Deepavali, Filled with Fun and Joy!

Rain or Shine, there is nothing that can dampen the Festival of Lights!

The Rain Gods perhaps love Deepavali as the skies have been unfailingly opening up year after year, whether the festival falls in October or November.

4_240x320But this year Chennai appears to have received more than the usual quota with widespread thundershowers across Tamil Nadu the last few days, including last night, dimming the festival of lights.

You can blame it on the science of meteorology as this is a time when the Northeast monsoon sets in, a season when Tamil Nadu receives almost 50% of its annual rainfall.

Rain is hardly a dampener in Chennai, a city always in the grip of terrible heat and humidity.

colourful_diwali_240x320Singapore too has been receiving some showers, helping bring welcome relief from the haze in the country induced by Indonesian forest fires.

The rains in Tamil Nadu may have helped keep the bursting of crackers under check, bringing some cheer for environmentalists in the country who have been advocating a safe, pollution-free Deepavali.

rain-in-che24413While it is Deepavali in Chennai and South India today it is observed as Diwali in the North tomorrow.

Here’s wishing my friends a sparkling Deepavali. May there be more shine, joy and fun than ever before!

Deepavali in Singapore

Deepavali in Singapore

 

G Joslin Vethakumar

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