CELEBRATING the festival of lights without electricity.
Unfortunately that will be the recurring theme for some Hindu families as they observe one of their most celebrated holy days today and tomorrow.
For 23-year-old Archana Chand, a resident of Nanuku settlement in Vatuwaqa, this will be the story of her Diwali and that of some other families in the area.
She said though Diwali was a festival that her family enjoyed, it was becoming very expensive to celebrate it.
"We are actually not doing that much because around here some people don't have electricity so we will just make use of the daylight," Mrs Chand said.
"The food and almost everything else is becoming very expensive and we try to buy as much as we can and then make up for that by cutting down on our consumption in other areas."
The married mother of two said one of the things that were staple on the family Diwali shopping list was firecrackers for her children — an expense that sometimes could not be met.
"They are children so they want everything and we have to deal with their demands sometimes.
"So sometimes we might cut down on some things just so that we can get firecrackers for the kids."
But for Mrs Chand there is no time for self pity, saying instead that she understood there were families who had greater disadvantages in life.
"For me both my husband and I work but there are families out there where only one of the spouses work and we hope that food prices can be reduced to allow them to celebrate this festival in a comfortable way."
Neighbour Pritika Chand might well be one of those less fortunate as she explained that her husband was the single breadwinner for the family.
"It's a bit hard, there are a lot of expenses for us and my husband who is blind and works at the School for the Blind is the only one with a job," she said.
"We won't be celebrating Diwali that much as there was a death in the family but in previous years we have faced difficulties."