Diwali is one of the most celebrated festivals in the world and is highly famous for the thriving atmosphere that one gets to experience during the occasion. This festival of lights is celebrated throughout the world by Hindus and people from other religions contribute in the celebration as well. It’s a significant festival for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains; for Hindus, it’s the time that signifies victory over darkness.
The Bright Celebrations:
Diwali is a 5 days celebration; it is celebrated ancestrally and is famous amongst children due to the unique sweets, which are exclusively distributed during the festival. It is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm; firecrackers are exploded by both seniors and junior and every corner of the city is decorated with vibrant lightings and lanterns. A lot of shopping is done for the occasion; women normally buy new dresses and glittery bangles, which are exclusively designed for Diwali. Both young girls and women apply mehndi on their hands and feet; mehndi are basically henna tattoos which are temporary and are applied as a form of skin decoration.
The first day of Diwali is known as Dhanteras; according to Hinduism, buying gold, household items or utensil on this day is auspicious. Many people gift golden leaf as it is considered to bring good luck. On the first day of Diwali, people take an oil bath and wear new clothes in order to participate in a special prayer (known as pooja). This prayer is called pooja of Goddess Laxmi; this pooja is compulsory for every Hindi and during this, whole of the house is decorated with diyas, which are actually Diwali lamps or candles. Playing with firecracker during the occasion is a great experience; these firecrackers are exclusively sold during the festival. It’s the perfect time when families and friends get together and several dinners are hosted as a part of the celebration. Special sweets are prepared for the celebration, which makes Diwali an important festival for the small children.
Exchanging Diwali gifts is one of the main traditions; beautiful bangles and dresses are exchanged amongst women. People exchange gifts on Diwali according to their affordability, however giving expensive gifts of gold and silver is a tradition. It’s one of the happiest moments for both Hindus and participants; exchanging vibrant gifts during the occasion adds more charm to it. Giving gifts such as silver statues of Gods (e.g Ganesh, Laxmi etc) and unique wall hangings are also appreciated. Friends and lovers wish each other by gifting flowers, dry-fruits, sweets and other unique gifts.
What You Can Do On This Diwali:
On this Diwali, make sure that you decorate your home with beautiful decorations and vibrant Diwali lanterns. Hosting a special family dinner would be great way to get in touch with your relatives and loved ones. Keep in mind; Diwali celebration would be incomplete if the firecracker aren’t added, but make sure that you take precautions. Taking care of the juniors of the family is important; don’t let them play with fire.
Don’t forget to wish your friends and dear ones by sending Diwali text messages and e-card. Sending Diwali SMS is a great way of wishing friends and as Diwali is associated with prosperity, gifting a beautiful gold ring would be the best way of expressing love.