Diwali : the brightest festival in India

I’m so excited!! These 5 days mark the series of biggest festivities in India. Diwali is celebrated for the triumph of good over evil and knowledge over tolerance. Lets keep all the marvellous mythological stories aside, because I’m no expert on those. Here, I wanted to show you a glimpse of what all goes into this beautiful festival celebrated in India and all over the world with such enthusiasm. Cannot keep calm now it’s already here!! Wooohooooo๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ So, it is celebrated for 5 days. Each day has it’s own purpose.

Day 1- Dhanteras: buying gold, silver or metal utensils today is considered auspicious. Lord of health, dhanvantari, is worshipped on this day along with lord kuber and godess lakshmi.

Day 2- Narak Chaturdasi– yama, the god of death, is worshipped on this day. We wake up before the sun rises, have oil massages, bathe with uttan (ancient beauty remedy containing haldi and multani mitti among others) and get ready on time. The entire family then enjoys the wide variety of snacks prepared speacially for Diwali.

Day 3- Lakshmi Pooja- God of wealth Kuber and Goddess lakshmi are worshipped on this day. We put put all our most precious belongings and set up an extensive pooja. We worship all that God has given us and thank him for the same.

Day 4- Padwa or balipratipada– Lord Bali is mythologically worshipped on this day. we draw rangolis, bathe with shikakai, and give each other gifts on this auspicious day. And perform Pooja for health and prosperity of their partner.

Day 5- Bhai Dooj– This day is dedicated to the bond between brothers and sisters. We perform aarti, apply tilak and get really cool gifts from our brothers.๐Ÿ˜Š

Now let’s get a little bit into the pre-festival arrangements. They are the most fun you’ll see!!!

1.Being the festival of lights, we decorate our houses with a lantern called ‘Akaash Diya’ and a colourful array of lights.

2.Beautiful designs are made from finely milled colourful powders called rangoli.

3. Diyaas are lit in every corner of the house.

4. The entire house is thouroughly cleaned right from the walls, store rooms, closets to each and every room of the house. 5. So much shopping! Hello, different outfit for every function duh! The variety in Indian outfits is so huge these days, you tend to get so confused just trying to pick one, or in this case, 5 !! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

6. Fire crackers- we light many different types of fire crakers like fuljhadi, chakra, anaar and sutli bombs which make for a fine treat for the eyes.

7. And finally, So. Much. Food..!! The food list is never ending and it satisfies every single one of your taste buds. We have chakli, chivda, anarsa, ghujiya, shakkarpara, laddoos, shev just to name a few.

Here’s a little glimpse ๐Ÿ™‚ These pictures are not mine. But they potray the perfect Indian Diwali for you guys. Hope you found this interesting.This isn’t like my usual posts at all but I really thought I should share my experience of this wonderful festival with my extended family here on wordpress. Do let me know your thoughts, they are always appreciated. Lots of love, Brown girl on a budget ๐Ÿ™‚

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