Diwali, called as the "Festival of Lights", is the biggest festival in India and is enjoyed with great enthusiasm every year, irrespective of caste, religion and community. This five day festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, and is the best time for prosperity and family togetherness. India is a culturally diverse country and the ways of celebrating Diwali are many. Moreover, the festival has varied names too like some call it Lakshmi Puja, some name it Kali Puja and few others call it the festival of North India. So, If you're wondering what to do for this year's Diwali celebration, then scroll down below and simply read to get some unique ways of celebrating Diwali.
The sacred land of Haridwar and Varanasi beautify itself more gracefully and charmingly during the festival of Diwali. On every Diwali eve, the devotees filled the Ghats with diyas and leave them on the river to float. This has been a very famous tradition in the city since long time and gives you the most splendid experience of the Diwali festival like never before. Also, the continuous fireworks and the special evening Aartis make the entire ambiance more spiritually alluring.
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Diwali is one of the popular times of the year to enjoy shopping. Several major cities set up special Diwali markets and fairs to help the people get in the real feeling of festival till the very last moment. To boost the joy of Diwali even more, Jaipur organizes, Jaipur Shopping Festival and promotes trade in the state. Similarly, Delhi holds a renowned Diwali Bazaar at Dilli Haat, INA. The Diwali festival at Delhi's Sundar Nagar market has been running for more than 50 years and makes it one of the best places to visit in Diwali.
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Experiencing the festival of lights in the land of Golden Temple is one of the most engrossing experiences one can ever think in Diwali. Plus, do you know the fact that on the same day as Diwali, the Sikh celebrates Bandi Chhor Divas, which marks the celebration of the return of the Sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji from Mughal imprisonment. All draped in sparkling lights, the Golden Temple mesmerizes your senses and encases a magical aura. For that perfect Diwali picture here, don’t forget to capture the sheer reflection of the light on the holy waters.
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The city of Goa celebrates Diwali by burning the demon Narakasura on fire. Competitions are organizes in every nearby village and the city to create the biggest and scariest effigy of the demon. Also, don’t forget to try your luck in gambling at one of the city’s top casinos. Make sure you do your flight bookings in advance to avoid any last minute travel hassle during your amazing experience.
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In Odisha, the festival of Diwali is celebrated by remembering one’s forefathers. On the eve of the festival a Kali Puja is organized where all the family members light up jute sticks and chant the mantra in remembrance to them. The whole process will surely going to amaze you and give you totally different experience and of course one of the greatest in Diwali.
When you want to spend Diwali away from all the noise, pollution and firecrackers, then going to the local communities of Gujarat is the most amazing experience you can have. They will welcome you into their village, give you art demonstrations, cook delicious organic vegetarian food for you and teach you how to prepare Diwali rangoli and use forest resources. The experience will be so amazing that you will remain engrossed in it irrespective of the time limit.
Situated along the Mumbai-Nashik highway, Purushwadi is a small village which organizes bonfires on the night of Diwali and cook local food as a part of their celebrations. As per their tradition, children sing and go house to house asking everyone to pour oil into their oil lamps. The experience of being around the cultural roots of India and living it so closely will surely leave you with one of a kind celebration in Diwali 2018.
In the famous Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, the festival of Diwali is celebrated by painting red the threshold of one’s own house. As per the tradition of the region, the filtered red soil and the solution of rice soaked in water is grinded to make a fine paste and is used to draw patterns on the doorstep along with the footsteps of Goddess Lakshmi. A totally different experience altogether!
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We know that watching the fireworks isn’t something new but, it’s indeed one of the experiences that becomes worth witnessing on every Diwali. In both of the two cities, firework is the major attraction that illuminates the night sky and makes it look dreamy. The best place to witness firework in Mumbai would be Marine Drive, where in U.P all you just have to do is come out and watch the sky just outside from your own house.
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Aren’t these reasons enough? How about booking your flights to your favourite destination and explore.