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GharWaliDiwali – Diwali with my Family !
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GharWaliDiwali – Diwali with my Family !

Happy Hours Campaign Entry

Dearies,
The festive mood has already set in, in the town in full swing. I thought of sharing my #GharWaliDiwali experience with you all today. As everyone knows, Diwali is the festival of lights and emerges from two terms Diya which means “light” and Avali which means “a row”. Diwali means “a row of light”.
In my childhood days, I hardly used to celebrate Diwali because I was so scared of the crackers and the loud thud noise they used to make. I refuse to step out of my home those days.
As I grew up, the fear slowly subsided. I started enjoying the festival and it was the time I came to know that Diwali is one of the biggest festival celebrated not only by Hindus but by various groups with great pomp and show. As it is the festival of lights, it is one of the brightest festivals as well which makes you so cheerful.
Lakshmi Pooja

My dad had been in various places on account of his job and I have had the opportunity to visit various places including North India.
Diwali is celebrated 18 days after Dussehra. People in the northern part of India believe that it is the Lord Rama’s homecoming after defeating Demon Ravana. They celebrate it as the victory of Lord Rama and his home coming. In Gujarat and Maharashtra, Diwali is associated with Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth whereas in Bengal it is associated with Kali ma demolishing a demon. In Kerala, we see it as a herald for sowing the harvest. During Onam festival, Paddy is planted and during Diwali, it is the time to sow them. This reminds me about the unity in Diversity of our country. Our India is one but look at a variety of traditions and customs we have.
Flowers to spread the Aroma
The first days of Diwali is called Dhanteras and in this day people make colourful rangolis with dyes and flowers.  It is an auspicious time to buy gold and valuable utensils.The second day is known for crackers. People of all ages celebrate the day by busting crackers. The third day people celebrate by wearing new clothes. Jains believe that Lord Mahavir attained Nirvana on this day.
The fourth day is called “Govardhan Puja” or “Annakoot” where the deities are worshipped and various pujas are offered to the lord. The fifth day is known as “Bhai Duj” which shows the importance of Brother- Sister Relationship. Sweets and Gifts are exchanged on this day.
New Dress
The video clip of PepsiCo # GharWaliDiwali brought back my Nostalgia and I love the emphasis on the fact that Diwali is a time where we all long to be home, to spend time with loved ones. There’s no denying that the best memories we have of Diwali are the ones spent at home.
Fireworks and Crackers
Here is how I celebrate my Diwali. Diwali is the time for vacation. Since it is a holiday, I meet my friends and relatives. Not only me but everyone will be busy with their work and job year round and Diwali gives the opportunity to meet and greet them. It gives a happiness meeting them after a long time. We will have lots of things to share. It goes with a quick chat, few gossips, snacks, sweets and tea. We also have a photograph session of ours.
We wear new clothes, put mehndi, burst crackers, pray god and visit temple during the early hours in morning.Later, we prepare the lunch together. Even our brother’s, uncle’s etc. help and cooking together gives a feeling of togetherness.
We also clean our home and paint it before Diwali and on the third day of Diwali, we set the waste items to fire. We exchange gifts and cards. We light oil diyas and lamps, candles and put rangolis.
There will be huge explosion of fireworks followed by indulging in mithai and savouries. Diwali is shopping time for me. This is the time of the year when my wishlist turns into a haul. There will be offers and discounts in every shop/site and of course it is irresistible. I also do a self-pampering with natural ingredients like Turmeric, Neem, Curd etc. and have a “Me-Time” Session.
Rice Powder Rangoli
Last year, I could not come home for Diwali. I was working in Wipro, Bangalore and I didn’t get tickets. I am compensating for it this time.
This year, I am celebrating Diwali in an eco-friendly manner.  I have reduced the amount of things to avoid wastage. I use only natural diyas and not electric ones. I stick to the older tradition of oil lamps. I recycled some items and discarded all the garbage items to keep my home and surroundings clean. I have planted a mango tree in the farm yard nearby.
Me-Time
I am not bursting crackers this time. I have said no to dyes and I am using flowers and rice powder to make the rangolis. I have kept flowers everywhere to spread the scintillating aroma.
Diwali for me is new beginnings and new lease of life. It is the time to start some positive initiatives. You must rethink and make a few resolutions and stick to them too. My initiative this time is that I will not throw the plastic wrappers and waste here and there as I travel. It is also a little bit of Me time with my family.

Eco Friendly Gifts – Handmade Paper Jewellery
Sharing is Caring – Gifts
Mithai
Sweets
Puja Pack to perform Puja at Home- This made my task easy
Savouries
Flower Carpet
How do you celebrate Diwali?
Celebrate an Environmentally Safe Diwali with your family! Wishing you all a very Happy Diwali.
Nuts
Oil Diyas
Lightening the Surroundings

Visit https://www.gharwalidiwali.com/ for more ideas and check out the #GharWaliDiwali TVC below :

      

P.S: This post is a part of Happy Hours in association with Pepsi and Indiblogger ! My own thoughts !

Iswarya
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