It’s that time of year again when all Indians worldwide find a reason to go shopping, dress up, eat, gamble and light fireworks. The exchange of gifts is just not same until we all receive enough almonds and cashew nuts to last us the entire year!
Commonly known as the festival of lights, Diwali basically marks the victory of good over evil. It is a 5-day festival that goes like this:
- Day 1: Housewives consider it auspicious to spring clean the home and shop for gold or kitchen utensils.
- Day 2: People decorate their homes with clay lamps or diyas and create design patterns called rangoli on the floor using colored powders or flower petals.
- Day 3: This is the main day of the festival when families gather together for Lakshmi puja, a prayer to Goddess Lakshmi followed by mouth-watering feasts and firework festivities. (This is where we are today.)
- Day 4: This is the first day of the new year when friends and relatives visit with gifts and best wishes for the season.
- Day 5: On the last day of Diwali, brothers visit their married sisters who welcome them with love and a lavish meal.
Besides the traditional festivities, my nails get to have some fun as well =) The look is incomplete without the use of sparkle and diyas.
And now that the nails are taken care of, it’s time to let the festivities begin!
Happy Diwali to you all!