NO decorative lights, no diya, no expensive sweets except for a plate of homemade sweets was all an elderly couple could afford to celebrate Diwali with friends and neighbours in the area.
Mahen Prasad and his wife Asma Wati, who live in Bouma squatter settlement in Labasa, yesterday gathered neighbours and friends at their small one bedroom lean-to house to share sweets they made for Diwali.
Despite the small house and the little they had, the couple wanted to share the spirit of Diwali which to them was a time of sharing and caring.
"We don't have much money as we depend on the monthly social welfare assistance but we believe that even if we don't have anything, sharing the little we have during Diwali is the important act of love we must show our neighbours."
"For me and my wife, it is calling our itaukei friends and sharing with them the sweets we make just enough for everyone who come. We also have a mix of grog to celebrate Diwali and we are happy to have our itaukei friends over at home," Mr Prasad said.
He said itaukei children playing at nearby creeks and parents trying to finish their household chores rushed to Mr Prasad's home to celebrate Diwali with them.