Bahrain Diaries: Candles for the Festive Season

Hope you all had a great Christmas.

I’m visiting my parents at Bahrain on a 3-week vacation.   The weather is perfect: pleasant mornings, sunny afternoons cooled by a mild breeze, and chilly evenings. No matter how much you go around a place by car, there’s nothing to beat the sights, smells and sounds one experiences by foot. Don’t you agree? Every afternoon I go by myself with camera for company taking pictures of a new store, huge pots lining the streets and the colorful petunias along the medians.

Despite being in the Middle-East, the festive spirit of X’mas and New Year is hard to miss in the stores.  The shelves are filled with tree decorations, stockings, bells, lights, scented candles and holders, incense holders and lanterns. So lovely and so very tempting to indulge in retail therapy… I picked a few lanterns and Arabic style incense/aroma holders..

It is fitting to write about the price, variety and quality of these items. Most of these low-priced goods made of (ranging from Rs.75 to Rs.300) are sourced from China. Materials used include resin, glass and ceramic. Quality is as good as you can expect for that cost which means use it for a few months and recycle.

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