“Speckles of bright lights lining the rooftops and the warm glow of Diya, welcoming the cool gusts of winds, right from the entrance and of course, there is that melodious crackle of sparklers. ”
Boasting of sleepless nights, Diwali has a special place in everyone’s heart. It is considered to be one of the brightest and significant festivals among us Indians.
The excitement and the preparation which starts almost a week prior to the festival finally comes out in the form of sparkling lights, dazzling everywhere marking the day and the time of boundless memories.
Diwali is celebrated to mark the homecoming of Lord Rama after conquering Lanka, vanquishing the evil king Ravana and righteously returning after spending a period of fourteen years in exile.
During Diwali, families and friends share sweets and gifts and there is also a strong belief in giving away food and clothes to those in need. It is a tradition for homes to be cleansed well and sort of a ritual for the residents of the house to wear newly bought clothes at the time of the festival.
The celebration features various savouries and sweet delicacies which tend to make heads and hearts go la-la-la(!!), and while eating out is popular, families mostly prepare food at home. .People go place-to-place and house to house to exchange gifts and watch fireworks.
The festival is marked by a large display of fireworks, lighting of lamps and candles and decoration of houses with colourful Rangoli artworks.
And yes, those darling deals across websites and stores which are the real crackers on display.
These potpourris of lights illuminating everywhere signify the victory of light over darkness, the eradication of all negative influences from existence. Like the braving flames of flickering Diyas, Diwali echoes within us, giving us the strength to forget about our daily battles and take a breather from our life, often dull, and encouraging us to take steps towards the light.
Have a joyous, fun-filled and a deal laden Diwali!
– Meghana Rao