Diwali: homemade firecrackers and fireworks all-night long, not a pause. We had a very long and very lovely day. Up at dawn taking photos, and in the afternoon we visited a village across the Ganga. Some locals from Varansi that we had become friendly with had family in the village, and so, lucky us, we were invited for a meal and a Diwali mandala-creating celebration. In the evening we got back in the boat and rowed past the burning ghats to the main ghat where we watched a beautiful ritual performed by all sorts of handsome young Brahman priest-types.
I went to bed around 8pm, but Dustin and Reed stayed up late watching fireworks. And not the Vancouver-style over in ten-minute variety of fireworks, but the all-night, sky-filling, crowd-blasting, watch out for the ten-year-old-boys with-homemade-roman-candles pointed in your direction style fireworks.