Light up your world, its Diwali :):)
Its that time of the year again here in India and the world over, as today and tomorrow we celebrate the biggest festival of light and colors in Diwali, with food, fashion, fun, parties and happiness all through.
As I settle down to share with you my Diwali experience, the year is finally coming to an end culminating in the big festivals as Diwali and Christmas coming in a couple of months.
Diwali for Indian homes is the reign of good over evil and also the worship of Goddess Kali, the destroyer of evil, and celebrated very auspiciously along with lights, candles, firework displays, to put an end to all darkness and negativity from our lives.
Dress up your homes with light
Yes, that’s what the major part of our energy goes to, how to dress up each and every home with the wide range and varieties of lights, both natural and artificial, and much more technologically modern ones these days. The houses and all other establishments beautifully lit up in the evening and the night gives the entire city a dreamy look, as if from the studio sets of any royal movie being played and the skyline takes on the image of a brightly lit up garden.
Lights in any form gives happiness and joy, and pushes us away from the dark, and even for momentarily uplifting ourselves to a positive vibrant mood. That is the main essence of Diwali. And the Diwali shared with loved ones, friends and everyone as a community increases its charm manifold.
Here’s a little piece on happiness I wrote sometimes earlier, have a look if you want.
The lights of happiness
Yes, we search for every occasion to be happy. We look for every opportunity to break into a reverie of fun and frolic, that’s ingrained in our basic nature and also the perfect escape from the far more harsher realities of life, even for some fleeting moments or maybe just one day, we want to be totally immersed in unadulterated fun.
And that’s what Diwali brings to homes in India and everywhere is it celebrated. I remember as a child I used to wait for the day really mainly for bursting firecrackers, our ultimate fantasy in those childish years of innocence, to go to the market with Dad and Mom for cracker shopping, and then getting them prepared and readied for the big evening for displaying our competitive edge in sound and lighting :). The lighting part is still there, though the sound making firecrackers have been regulated now-a-days and banned in many places due to sound and pollution.
But that hasn’t dampened the spirits of Diwali, as friends, relatives, family, well wishers, community members gather up to meet, greet, exchange delicious goodies and light up everywhere with laughter, joy and happiness.
What can be more engaging and absorbing than such a festival which binds billions of population in such a huge country like ours enjoyed by all.
Light up your delicacies
Yes, this is another part of the festivities which is very important. The exchange of home made and factory made endless choice of mouth watering and finger licking delicacies and consumption of them in true festive style. Corporates gift each other with nicely wrapped sweet trays and baskets as goodwill gesture for the entire year of co operation and competition in business activities. Companies gift their clients these beautifully decorated sweets and dry fruits as part of Diwali greetings. And, the same custom goes on in Indian homes, families and among loved ones.
Its much like Thanksgiving, Diwali style 🙂
And then you would love to dress up on the day, particularly in the evening, and this dressing up will once again uplift you to enjoy the lighting and the welcome of good over evil and praying for better days ahead for all.
In such a large diverse country like ours, even Diwali is celebrated in varied customs and traditions, but the ultimate feeling is the same. I will today light up 13 candles all around my home to fight off the darkness and evil spirits and welcome the good and bright and happiness. And then tomorrow, we will decorate our homes and localities with all sorts of lights we can get our hands on :):)
Trust me, the entire scenario changes and dazzles all through.
Here’s wishing you all a very Happy Diwali wherever in the world you are, be good always stay with you and guide you.