Happy Deepavali

Happy Deepavali to all of you!

Deepavali or Diwali is the festival of Lights.  It’s celebrated to welcome Lord Shriram from his 14 years of exile. It is also celebrated as the victory of Lord Vishnu over the Emperor Bali. It is also believed that we light a lot of lamps during these three days to ward off evil.  There are so many notions in History for why we celebrate Deepavali. But these days, it’s more of noise and air pollution than a festival.

Festivals have lost is quality nowadays. With the generations of today, I guess, the reasons will be soon forgotten too.

It’s a very important festival for me. Of course, it’s a peek time for my business, but otherwise too, it is an important part of my life. I think this would be the best festival any kid would remember other than his/her birthdays. Everybody in India celebrates Deepavali, at least by lighting a lamp in their house, without caste, creed or social barrier.

We too celebrated Diwali at home every year. The festivities were always there, but crackers were very minimum. The main reason for it was we were girls [We – My sister and me] and girls don’t burn crackers. They are supposed to pray and help mothers in kitchen. We always had to share the little crackers amongst both of us and burn them sparingly for three days.

As days passed by, we didn’t like it much, the burning of crackers, fighting over it, end up crying during the festival. There were a few years; we didn’t buy crackers at all. Deepavali is celebrated for 3 days and all the three days, I would run up to the terrace during the nights, climb the highest part of it [which mostly is the ceramic tiles roof of our home] and watch those fireworks hit the sky. It was my favorite pass time all through the festival. Looking at the sky, wondering where it would be next was the most exciting part of it.

Now that I have daughter, and with an intention to give her everything she deserve, we do buy crackers for her, but only the bright ones with no sound. Of course it does cause some pollution, but that is overlooked in front of her joy and cheerful laugh, when those fireworks burn to bring light and happiness to my little one…

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