“It’s the mother who keeps the family together even when it’s not easy,” my mum reminded me as she prepared the house for festivity. Also high up among the expectations placed on a Hindu mother is instilling our culture in future generations. In fact from the moment of conception, the onus is on the woman to maintain noble thoughts throughout pregnancy for the well-being of her growing fetus.
Today with careers, children and hectic homes to handle, Hindu women's lives are often rooted in chaos; we are barely able to clutch on to traditions at all. My metaphorical oil lamp is currently dimly lit. But reflecting on the effort and importance I will give to diwali as a mother in the years to come, I would like to think it’ll soon be a light that will shine more brightly.
So, that as time goes by, it could eventually ignite the same appreciation in my daughter for this Hindu festival, culture and heritage during her lifetime and so that, if she has a family of her own, she can pass on those traditions with light in her heart.