Friday, October 31st, 2008, it was my first time celebrating Dussehra (Indian Festival) away from home. Just a couple months before that, I moved from India to The States (New Hampshire )to pursue my Master’s Degree. While I was terribly missing my family, celebrations at home and most of all, the yummy food, I was determined to make the day as special as possible. So, I wore one of my beautiful Salwar suits, met up with some friends, went to temple and at the end of the day ate some yummy Indian food. It was a perfect day.
After a very long day of celebrations, I got back to my dorm and to my surprise there was a party going on. I saw a bunch of people all dressed-up in different costumes and quickly realized it was Halloween. I knew it was sometime in Oct but I did not realize that it was that very same day. Damn it!! I felt bad because I wanted to dress up in a costume and go to that party. Anyway, since it was too late and all the shops were already closed, I decided to call it a day. But, just when I was heading back to my room, couple of people passing by stopped me in the corridor and said “Nice Costume”. I was like, What?!! It took me a second before it hit me that I was wearing a Salwar. Less than a minute later, it happened again, another person stopped by to admire my attire, she thought I was dressed up as some princess. For a second I didn’t know if I should feel happy that someone called me an Indian Princess or if I should be mad for calling my traditional dress a costume. But then again how can I be mad at someone who just called me a princess and gave me a way into the party.
With all the Dussehra and Halloween celebrations around me, I couldn’t resist but share this story. Luckily, Dussehra is on Oct 22nd this year, a.k.a I don’t have to worry about squeezing two parties in one day. Happy Dussehra Everyone!!! May Goddess Durga destroy all the demons and fill your life with happiness and prosperity.
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