Diwali, the most-awaited and biggest festival in India is just around the corner. The 5 days festival that is also known as the festival of lights is celebrated to honour the victory of good over evil. It is believed that on this day Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya with his wife after killing the demon Ravana. On Diwali, people dress up their finest clothes, light diyas, make rangoli and worship Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi. Checkout more festive blogs here.
The 5 days of Diwali
- Dhanteras marks the beginning of the 5 days Diwali festival. People worship Lord Kubera and Goddess Lakshmi, the god and goddess of wealth on this day. Dhanteras is considered an auspicious day to buy jewellery and clothes.
- The second day of Diwali is celebrated as Choti Diwali. It is believed that on this day Goddess Kali and Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakasura.
- Diwali is the main festival of the 5 days celebrations and it symbolises the victory of light over darkness. On this day people decorate their homes, exchange gifts & sweets and perform Lakshmi puja.
- Govardhan Puja is celebrated on the fourth day of Diwali. On this day, a Lord Krishna’s idol is made out of cow dung and then it is worshipped and some women also fast on this day.
- The last festival of the 5 days celebration is Bhai Dooj. On this day, sisters perform aarti for their brothers and wish for their long and happy life.
How to make the most of Diwali at home
Diwali is a great time to get together and spend some quality time with friends & family, but this time because of the pandemic the celebrations are going to be a bit different. Here is how you can make the most of the festivities with your family at home.
1. Dress up for pictures
Celebrating Diwali at home doesn’t mean that you can’t dress up. Put on your finest, traditional clothes and pose for some nice pictures and share them on your family Whatsapp groups. This will make this quarantine celebration a memorable one.
2. Prepare a grand Diwali thali
Diwali without food is incomplete and now that you are celebrating it at home, you can invest even more time in the meal preparation. Cook your family’s favourite food and treat them with a grand thali. Checkout the thali I prepared here.
3. Celebrate on Video call
Not being able to meet your friends and family on Diwali can be tough, and in times like these, a video call is the best way to connect. Decide a time and bring your family & friends together for a video party.
4. Send Gift cards
You can’t meet your loved ones to exchange gifts, but you can surprise them with a gift card. If you want to give them something thoughtful sitting at home, then gift cards are the best way to do that and believe me it will make them happy.
5. Indulge in Online Shopping
Diwali is the time for some amazing online offers and discounts, so why not make the most of them by shopping online. You can even surprise your friends & relatives by sending them online gifts.
Tips to celebrate an Eco-friendly Diwali
Celebrating at home doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate an eco-friendly Diwali. Here are some tips to make your at-home celebrations eco-friendly.
- Decorate the house with eco-friendly products or do the DIY decorations.
- Use earthen oil diyas instead of LED lights and lamps.
- Wish your loved ones by gifting them organic products or green plants.
- Use natural colours for rangoli or flowers instead of chemically synthesized colours.
- Instead of bursting crackers play some fun family games.
Here are some things that you can do to make the most of Diwali celebrations at home with your family.
This year things won’t be like before, but we can still celebrate it and make it memorable by doing some simple things. Hope you have a happy and safe Diwali.