If you could here the firecrackers exploding throughout the neighborhood, and no doubt all of Delhi, you would know it's Diwali, the festival of lights. It's one of the most important holidays in India. Yesterday the neighbor was out in the morning decorating the entry and walkway with paint in colors of red, green, white and yellow. Dorian even recognized the painted diyas, the candles lit at night to represent the triumph of good over evil. Then, later the same day, the boys and I were outside playing but they were quickly distracted and stood watching as more decorations were being laid out -- this time rangoli.
I asked what they used to put in the stensil and the man told me it was ground wood chips that were dyed different colors.