Diwali with the Rajballys

2017-10-18 06:00
Ready for Diwali celebrations at their Orient Heights home (from left) Dhanendra, Roshell and Sohan Rajbally.PHOTO:lethiwe makhanya

Ready for Diwali celebrations at their Orient Heights home (from left) Dhanendra, Roshell and Sohan Rajbally.PHOTO:lethiwe makhanya

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FAMILY coming together, the home filled with the aroma of food and sweet meats, colourful clay lamps burning brightly around the house and the colourful fireworks that are lit are some of the things the Rajballys of Orient Heights look forward to during Diwali every year.

Dhanendra, Roshell and their son Sohan­ (3) start their morning off with a “three-kind” oil bath, a cleansing ritual that marks the commencement of the festival of lights. Three different types of oil are mixed and brushed onto the body.

“After this we shower, put on new clothing and perform our Lakshmi pooja [prayer] before heading out to deliver Diwali sweet meats to our family and friends,” said Dhanendra.

“We return home in the afternoon, continue with prayers and then we begin lighting clay lamps and placing them around the house.

“Family and friends join us for supper and we light fireworks,” he said.

Dhanendra, who has been cooking and baking for 18 years and runs his own catering business, opts for a soya prawn breyani.

“Everyone loves breyani and when you have to cater for a large amount of people, breyani is the best. Besides that, it still tastes good the next day,” he said.

“I have adapted and tweaked the breyani recipe here and there, but after using the same recipe for 18 years, it’s safe to say it has never failed me,” he said.

Sohan said he loves the vibrant glow of the fireworks, but enjoys being his dad’s tester for all the sweet meats he prepares.

“To our family, Diwali is a very important religious celebration in a Hindu family. It signifies the triumph of good over evil, and the memories made with family and friends are timeless,” said Roshell.

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