When it comes to Diwali Festivity, there is a spark in the eyes of each and every person. Everybody feels delighted at the thought of adorning their sweet homes with various kinds of decorative items like candles and clay lamps. People start making festivity preparations many days before Diwali. The family members get engrossed in the task of cleaning their houses.
Ladies draw beautiful rangolis, in the designing of which they incorporate several traditional symbols that are considered to be associated with the Diwali festivity. The magazines get filled with the Diwali recipes. Old furnishings are replaced with new ones. Fetes are held in different parks and gardens, which are especially enjoyed by young children. The highlights of the fetes consist of the merry go round swings, cultural programs, snacks stalls and games.
In the evening time, Lakshmi Ganesh puja is performed. People make offerings to the deities and seek their divine blessings. Thereafter, the feast that is specially prepared for Diwali is served to all. People visit temples and pray the deities to shower their blessings on them. They visit their near and dear ones and wish them ‘Happy Diwali‘. Sweets, chocolates, toys, dry fruits and greeting cards are exchanged. Kids derive pleasure in burning firecrackers. Card playing also takes place as a part of festivity celebration.
Just as each faith has its own reasons for celebrating Diwali, each family has its own traditional Diwali foods. With Diwali around the corner, plates brimming with delicious treats are never far.
Although eating out is popular during Diwali, families mostly prepare food at home ready for guests to pop in to chat, exchange gifts, play cards and watch colourful firework displays.
Celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs, the festival of light falls on 14 November this year.