10 Great Ways To Celebrate Diwali This Year

Diwali is definitely the biggest, brightest and most celebrated of all festivals in India. The four days of festivities are celebrated with much fervour and enthusiasm by people of all ages, filling the air with happiness and making you want to join in the excitement and fun. On the festival of lights, houses are adorned with a multitude of colourful decorations. People buy new clothes and gifts for their family and friends and the mood is vibrant and lively. Feel festive this Diwali by celebrating it in these 10 great ways.

1. Watch Some Fireworks Display (Or Burst Them Yourself)
On Diwali, it’s always a good idea to go and burst crackers or watch some colourful and extravagant displays. There is just something about the festival that makes you want to go and be part of all this enthusiasm—and what better way of expressing it than with fireworks. Just steer clear of the loud and polluting ones; burst them with discretion and in a limit.

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2. Gambling
This is the day you’re officially allowed to indulge in it! Playing cards with friends (and family) all night is always enjoyable and entertaining and keeps the Diwali spirit alive. If you aren’t a ‘taash’ person even a night of Tambola or Antakshari is a great way to celebrate the festival.

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3. Go Shopping & Wear New Clothes
Right before Diwali, the malls are beautifully lit up with gorgeous decorations all over, which truly capture the essence of the festival. It also makes you want to go and splurge! Diwali also marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year, so it is considered auspicious to wear new clothes on the festival. For once, you’re excused from all the limitless shopping you do!

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4. Visit Relatives & Friends
Diwali is the perfect time to catch up with friends and relatives, old and new. Take their blessings during this wonderful time of the year, enjoy the festival together and get pampered eating all the mouth-watering sweets and savouries.

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5. Light Diyas
The festival of lights is also the day we welcome Laxmi, the goddess of wealth, into our homes. As per tradition, she only enters homes which are brightly lit up. Diyas adorn every corner of the house on this very auspicious day and add fervour to the festive spirit. Get cracking and make the diyas yourself or simply buy some pretty and colourful ones.

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6. Watch The Latest Bollywood Blockbuster
It’s a known fact that Bollywood saves its biggest releases for the Diwali weekend—and understandably so. The whole country is on holiday during this time, so what better way to add to all the fun?

7. Bake Sweets & Savouries
On Diwali, everyone who visits each others’ homes is welcomed with something sweet to eat and lots of delicious snacks. It’s a great time to try out a new recipe, indulge in all those yummy goodies and display all your fine cooking skills as there will be ample number of people to relish and appreciate them.

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8. Make Rangolis
All homes are wonderfully decorated on Diwali. A rangoli design is created at the entrance of the house not only to welcome the guests that visit, but also the goddess herself. Rangoli patterns are usually made using coloured chalk powder in bright colours, flower petals or even different kinds of grains. The vibrant colours instantly brighten and beautify the house and are sure to elicit praise from your guests.

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9. Clean Your Room Or Give It A Mini Makeover
Diwali is the time to clean your room and remove the things you aren’t using anymore. Empty out the clutter and make sure even those little corners are sparkling to make it look nice and bright. You could also give it a mini makeover—decorate, rearrange, paint or buy some furniture to give your home a new look.

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10. Indulge in Charity
Lastly, but equally importantly, a nice way to make your Diwali a happy one would be to brighten somebody else’s day. There are a lot of underprivileged people out there who equally love the enthusiasm surrounding the festivities, but do not have the resources to celebrate the day. You can either distribute sweets and clothes or donate to a charity organisation. You never know how many smiles these blessings could bring you.

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