A quiet festival for expats

A quiet festival for expats

A quiet festival for expats

While many locals are embracing the festive season, many foreigners in the country only knew about Deepavali because of the loud firecrackers lighting up the sky this week.

When the Deccan Herald spoke to expats during the festive season many had heard of it but were not doing anything special for it. Meyer, from Germany, had been warned by her mother it was a noisy festival because of all the firecrackers. However, she had not found it too loud this year, she said.

By 10 pm on Tuesday she was not hearing any fireworks – something she was surprised by. “It was much less than I expected,” she said. She was not doing anything special to celebrate the festival.

Nothing special
Similarly, Valentine, from France, was not doing anything special for the event. She did not know much about Deepavali and was trying to find out about it from locals this morning, she said.

All she knew of the event was that it was a religious celebration and firecrackers were used. Thilo Roth, a German working for an NGO in Bangalore, said his work had organised a celebration for Wednesday night. He did not know what to expect of it, but hoped there would be some firecrackers.

Joan Huntley, an American who has been living in Bangalore for a few years, was planning something special for the event. She had her sister staying with her from America and they planned to create their own rangoli last night (Wednesday).

She had bought stencils and coloured sand to make their patterns outside her house. “It’s the coolest thing,” she said.

The pair had lunch at an Indian restaurant. Other expats whom Deccan Herald spoke to had not even heard of Deepavali and did not even know it was the festive season.

Netas spend Deepavali in jail
It was a low profile Deepavali celebration for former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, corporater Katta Jagadish and former minister Krishnaiah Setty.

According to an officer in the prisons, the former chief minister continued to pass time reading books. In the morning, he went for a walk along with Katta Jagadish and exchanged Deepavali greetings with him and Setty. He had the special food brought from home by his personal assistant Siddalingaswamy. Later, he watched television and read magazines.

Krishnaiah Setty, who was expecting bail, was upset after the court’s order extending his custody. He did not speak to anyone and was seen meditating. Setty’s eye problem has further intensified, the officer added. After exchanging greetings with Yeddyurappa and Setty, Katta Jagadish restricted himself to his cell.

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