It’s that time of the year again! The time when everything looks bright and cheery. In short - Bling season! Diwali is, perhaps, one of the most awaited holidays in India. No matter where people are scattered throughout, families make an attempt to get together and celebrate the festival of light and how!
Beautiful fairy lights adorning buildings and balconies, diyas decorating front porches and roof parapets, flowers decorating doors and windows - it’s like the whole country just lights up! Not to mention crackers. Sure, they’re completely or partially banned in some States and they do contribute to sound and light pollution quite a bit, but they’re also very closely knit with our childhood memories.
I remember, as a kid, I used to wait all year round to go shopping for crackers. I would make an entire list of the different kinds I wanted - the good ones, the average ones, and the leftover ones my cousin brother would be getting (LOL). And then, I would start with the average ones and move on to the best ones, reserved for the time the entire family would be together!
And the food - oh the food! I live for festive food! It’s like the Hulk of cheat days and no matter what you’re craving and how unhealthy it is, there’s always the perfect reasoning - “Diwali hai, yaar (It’s Diwali, yaar)!”
It’s not all happy-go-lucky, though. I remember this one time my cousin sister’s frock caught on fire while she was lighting a cracker. Thankfully, her dad saved her in time and nothing serious happened. But, another time, a school friend of mine came back after the Diwali holidays with a burnt foot. It looked quite severely burnt and, safe to say, I didn’t buy any crackers that year! Also, I have a pet dog and the sound of crackers bothers them quite a bit. He gets extremely scared and constantly tries to hide behind whatever furniture he finds and starts shaking as soon as he hears a bomb cracker go off in the distance!
But all in all, I love Diwali. The best thing I love about it is dressing up and spending time with my loved ones. The house cleaning? Umm… Not so much! What about you? What do you love most about Diwali? Write to us with your best Diwali memories!
Until next time,