The festival of lights we all so eagerly wait for is here. The entire city is decked up in bright lights, as if dressed up for Diwali. The festive energy in the air is hard to ignore, and it’s that time of the year when everyone is just happy. Spending Diwali alone might be fun, but it’s nothing compared to the fun that comes with being surrounded by laughter and love. So if you’re far away from your friends and family, then book your air ticket, get on a flight and go meet them. There’s no reason that is good enough for you to stay away.
In fact we bring to you 5 reasons why you need to be spending Diwali at home with your family.
Another tradition of this festival, and probably a favourite one for most, is gift giving and receiving. The entire family meets, greets and exchanges gifts to mark this auspicious day. So if you’re far away, you’re going to miss out on all the gifts and not just that, but the fun and joy that comes form giving the gifts as well. The entire affair is exciting, and seeing the bright smile on your sibling’s face as they rip open their gift, priceless.
2. All you need is food
An important part of Diwali is all the food that is prepared. The sweets are unique to this festival, each with their own flavour, bound to leave you licking your fingers. But the store bought sweets cannot compare to those made at home. Days before the sweets materialize, the aroma announces their imminent arrival. Sitting with your loved ones, gorging on Diwali sweets, with stories and smiles to go around, makes for a picture perfect moment.
3. Queen of hearts
An old tradition, card parties are a cracking favourite Diwali affair. The entire roster of family, friends and sometimes the entire neighbourhood gathers around for this event. If you thought that old people couldn’t party, think again, as grandmothers and grandfathers stay up till the wee hours of dawn; playing cards and skilfully emptying the pockets of everyone around them. An affair you definitely do not want to miss out on.
4. Decorating the house
In Diwali it’s not just the people who garb festive clothing, but the houses are decorated too, to match the beauty and lights and that is spread all around. This preparations begin a few days in advance, where the entire family pitches in to clean the house, set up the lights and lanterns. All these activities help the family bond; and when all the people you love are in it together, something even as mundane as cleaning becomes fun.
5. Hum Saath Saath Hai
Now, this might not seem as a plus point to many, and meeting relatives might sound quite a task. But if you’re living far away from your family, it means you don’t get to meet your extended family ever so often. So that one time when the entire family gathers is your opportunity to spend some time with them. Soon you’ll realize that you actually miss their playful banter, and all the things you found annoying, will suddenly seem very endearing. On the other hand, you will be the apple of everyone’s eye.
Author : Sanjana Sule