How are you planning to celebrate the Indian festival of lights?
Its Diwali time again and childhood memories have already started whirling around.
Lighting lighting everywhere…Its like a tonic to the eyes and mind.
There is an Aroma in the air – Fragrances of Sweets and Essence.
I personally love this generation old tradition of gifting your loved ones. The excitement and joy wrapped up in these add to the gleam of the festival. Sometimes, It seems like a Barter system where we exchange the gifts…LOL. But its fun.
Food trays filled with yummy crunchy dry fruits. I just could not help myself to take handful of them.
Pooja time was not complete without the presence of eldest member of the Family, My Great Uncle (Tayaji), his chants and Mantras. We, as children, used to listen him impatiently while waiting for the Cracker and Dance time.
Decorating pooja thali, adoring God Idols with garlands and flowers, lighting Oil Diyas was fun. Each member of the family used to put a share of their earnings in the Pooja thali. For us, our earning was pocket money.
It is believed that keeping this money back into the wallets or safes will attract Laxmiji.
The major attraction was- Dhol. We used to invite Dhol wala and dance on its beats non-stop for hours.
It was more Family time as all the cousins used to gather at one place to celebrate the festival. Now,the celebration is more about Shopping. These e-commerce sites are succeeded in luring the people to buy more and most of the times, the buying is not a requirement but a trend.
Writing wishing letters and sending Greeting cards to the far-lived relatives used to start many days before the festival. Younger members used to get a token of love from elder members of the family.
Now, a forwarded Whatsapp message does all the favor but seems devoid of the feelings and personal touch. Families don’t gather and prefer to celebrate alone.
Things we can do to revive the gleam of this Indian festival of Lights
Charge up your creative side and look around your Home to find something which is no more an eye catcher. Search for the ways to give new look to the things.
Color them bright
Follow the tradition
Light earthenware lamps rather than Chinese lights or candles.
Clean your homes and body well
Perform evening Pooja
Engage your Family
Kids now a days are more aware than we were. There are many ways to engage the Kids and other family members:
Make Rangolis, decorate Diyas, create Garlands or Lanterns, decorate Pooja thali or play group games.
Replace market sweets with homemade sweets/nuts
This is something rewarding. Making sweets at Home not only ease your pocket but allow Kids to learn Cooking skills.
Moreover, you can trust on quality of the end product.
Diwali is more about the spirit of giving than receiving. So while you gear up for festivities at your Home, donate some sweets or clothes to the needy.
What was your Family tradition you miss now?
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