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Dwindling Festival Gleam

October 27, 2016

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

  • Get Creative

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.

Reuse them

Up-cycle them

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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  • Karen Belton

    Family is so important and I have lost the sense of tradition over the years. I’m hoping to change that now I’ve got a son everything seems that little bit more special again. Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

    • I hope we can revive the things a bit for our Kids.I am happy to linkup.

  • Tammymum

    This was really interesting to read. I love the ethos of gifting and the idea of the Festival of Lights. It was celebrated in my school going up but so it was common place when I was younger. It’s am sad how what’s app messages seem to have taken over but I guess that’s the way of world. I hope you all had a great time and thank you for sharing this with us at #familyfun xx

    • Yes you are right, its the way we have evolved with technology. We had a great time making rangoli, eating nuts and sweets, visiting friends and family.

  • Shanx

    Diwali is more about eating and diyas. Watching diyas aligned (lot of them) is what I love. Lack the creative skills mentioned though 😀 Happy Diwali (in advance) Cheers.

    • Sorry for my late reply. Binge eating is what Diwali was like. Thanks for the wishes and taking time to share.

  • Manisha Garg

    we will get the fun times back whatever we can

    • Yay! we will certainly revive the gleam.