Diwali , conquer darkness with light

 

Diwali is one of the most important Hindu festivals that is celebrated with a lot of exuberance and cheer. It is a fantastic escape from every mundane day to not only light up your home but also to spark the inner flame with values and gratitude to shine with happiness and success. The 5-day festival begins on 5th November and culminates on Bhai Dhooj on the 9th of November.

 

Cleaning and decorating

 

Cleaning your home brings about a fresh change for a new beginning, the entire activity becomes joyful with joint hands of the whole family. The enthusiasm becomes palpable and success is achieved in no time. Cleaning culminates into the decoration of your home, becomes quite an accomplishment with the entire family being involved. Cleaning becomes fruitful with Prestige Clean Home Steam Cleaner which helps in not only regular cleaning but also in cleaning the walls, sparkling up the windows, disinfecting kitchen, sterilizing bathrooms, removing stains from between tiles and cleaning all hard to reach surfaces.

 

 

Earthen Diyas placed at strategic locations say in balconies, window sills, terraces can transform your home into a fairytale castle, that you end up brimming with pride that cannot go unnoticed. Scurrying around for earthen lamps, cotton wicks, oil bottle, matchsticks and running into each other can itself become a fun-filled affair. Squeals of laughter reverberate through the home. With love and purity in the hearts during this festive occasion, Goddess Lakshmi is sure to visit your home to shower her blessings of bliss, happiness, wealth and prosperity on the entire family. The earthen lamps with their light and beauty are said to guide the Goddess to your home during the darkest night of Diwali.

 

 

Rangoli at the entrance of your home Colourful and bright rangoli patterns created by the entrance of the door using colored rice flour, sand, chalk and flower petals charges your home with the festive spirit. Rangoli Patterns inspired by nature are created bringing in good fortune. Children of the household could get creative with the categorization of the combination of colors to fill in the intricate design to enhance its beauty. Elders can add auspicious symbols, lotus flowers, images of Gods and Goddesses to the rangoli design, the men of the house can complete the picture with the placement of the diyas to add positivity and grace to the effect, and maybe for a change, the women can reward everyone for their accomplishments with a platter of delicious sweets. After all, it is the festive season where the whole household gets to live every moment together. Flower garlands and torans at the door can uplift the festive mood to another level altogether. Apart from the royal disposition, there is color and fragrance added to your home. Friends, family, and neighbors would walk into your home feeling the love and warmth in the air.

 

 

Sweet delicacies at home Diwali is the time to get into naughty skirmishes when a wide spread of sweet treats are prepared at home. Children can compete with each other to make the perfect round and neat laddoos that do not collapse easily. The menfolk could cut the spread Kaju Katli mixture on the tray into impressive Barfi shapes. Elders could slice up an array of dry fruits used for garnish and that adds texture to the sweet dish. While the women of the house could dry roast various ingredients and put together the dish with the help of enthusiastic family members waiting to be crowned as little chefs during the festival. Getting into innocent competitions of having maximum sweets, betting on how much your headstrong grandmother is going to hidingly gorge on them, challenging the diet conscious to stay away from them, etc can add fun and frolic to the festival. Dry Fruit Besan Laddoo, Shakarkandi Halwa (pudding like Indian dessert made from Sweet potato ), Peanut Laddus made from peanuts, khoya, milk and poppy seeds, the popular Kaju Katli, etc can satisfy your unrelenting sweet cravings during Diwali.

 

 

Lakshmi Pooja A shared the effort to install Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha during the Diwali pooja ushers in a divine experience for the family. The pooja items placed on the pooja thali, lamps and dhoop being lit, camphor readied for the arti, hymns, and mantras chanted during the pooja can leave you feeling elated, peaceful and blessed. The sentiments of the family being together gets cemented further during these ceremonies.

 

 

Green Fire- Crackers Fireworks during Diwali are burst to celebrate the victory of good over evil and to ward away evil spirits. The smoke and emissions turn out hazardous and it is not uncommon to find people coming down with long-standing respiratory diseases during and post-festival. Bursting crackers also sparks up the innovative streaks to become a memory of a lifetime. Flower pots kept at some distance from each other and lit by multiple hands would soon give rise to a display of a sparkling fountain show. The string of tiny bombs famously lit after the Lakshmi Pooja adds to the grandeur of the occasion where the adults wait to impress the kids all over again. Children are handed the sparklers to light their favorite ground spinner (Chakri) and they keep hopping around till it spits out its last streak of fire. Of course, the rockets are not forgotten. Glass bottles are placed on the terrace and competitions are held to check out whose rocket flew the highest and whose just decided not to budge. The green fire-crackers are quite a feat in achieving about 15%-30% of lesser emissions of pollution-causing chemicals. The smoke and noise generated are also drastically cut down. So as a culture who celebrates festivals avidly, it becomes a social responsibility to take care of our environment today and for tomorrow.

 

 

The excitement to the run-up to Diwali is soon catching up, wherein our shopping list keeps getting more and more refined. How to get our homes all spruced up and to stock up the required ingredients to make delicious sweets, our guest list keeps getting lengthier, plans to appease our elders to seek their blessings and to fulfill the desires of our children who always seem to remain the little ones forever, spikes up our excitement for an exhilarating effect that might actually end up lasting till the next Diwali. Wishing everyone a very Happy and Prosperous Diwali.