Shibani was not only an amazing chef and party planner, but also a teacher who shared her Hindu family traditions with the group, e.g., gambling to bring prosperity for the new year or lighting sparklers to embrace our inner light.
I loved every tradition, bite of food and roll of the dice - the celebration was perfect.
|My bindi wearing, samosa eating self + my loves Shibani, sarabot and JV + Shibani explaining the menu for the evening + Nugget blowing out his 30th birthday candles|
|I'm positive that the gambling with dollar bills was my favorite Diwali tradition - so much laughing and fun + a corner coin flip game + Allison with her left/right/center winnings + sparklers! + a blurry Seanski with his new boxer BFF|
As I left the party with a bubbles and Grand Mariner buzz and a fist full of dollar bills from my gambling winnings I made Shibani promise me she was going to throw this party again next year. She said yes, so an official new Cleveland friend tradition has been born.
Happy Friday, kids!