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As innocent as I was back in 2006 I didnt even know that how or whyDiwali was significant to me I was just celebrating it thinking its fun Iwas strange to the feeling Diwali holiday seemed to bring in families Thenews was quickly spreading about me and my family We were going to asnowy and really cold place thats what I was told by my parents We weregoing to Canada Its then that I realized the importance of my last Diwaliin India It will help define my culture power of being a girl and helpstay positive in any type of situation My last Diwali in India broughtsuch a joy and understanding in my life that was necessary to preparemyself for my future in Canada It was the 21st of October in the year of 2006 early morning ofDiwali As I stepped outside to place the old news paper in the recyclingthe air smelled musty Musty because every house were being cleaned Diwaliwas here Neighbors were hanging different colored fluorescent lights intheir balcony to welcome the darkness with light Elderly men and womenwere heading to the temple to get blessing on the auspicious day At thatmoment I was struck by awareness awareness of being lucky to be able tocelebrate such holiday of joy I grew more and more understanding aboutDiwali the festival of lights that will help define my heritage andbackground when I land on Canadian soil The feeling of happiness wasdevoured by sadness when I even thought of living Gujarat the place I wasbrought up and educated in but my last Diwali will always be reminder ofwho I am I am an Indian even if I stay miles away from my country I willalways learn to embrace my heritage even after losing my identity Children were out shopping for almost half the day buying firecrackers and new clothes to wear in Diwali and the
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