Knock! Knock! The festival of lights is here. Yes, Diwali is banging our doors, and we can’t be happier.
Diwali is the time where friends and families come together. The crux of Diwali celebration is the victory of good over evil. It’s one of the most popular Indian festivals and is filled with peace, happiness and prosperity.
Whilst the entire nation soaks itself into the bandwagon of festivities, here’s a quick roundup of top 4 unique ways you can celebrate Diwali this year:
Spend with your family!
There’s nothing more fulfilling than spending an evening with your loved ones playing cards, munching goodies and lighting lamps of hope, joy and success! Though it’s the time you see enlightened extravagance across lanes and neighborhoods, it’s within the doors you get to actually understand the real meaning of festival.
Staying with your family and relishing your rich culture for sure ensures a peace of mind. What’s more, you can even take part in rituals and Diwali cleaning and cooking sessions, as well as distribute sweets to your friends and family. Celebration time is indeed a family time!
Fascinating Fireworks at Varanasi
Known to all, diwali and fireworks are two parts of a single coin. But, if you are interested in witnessing some never-before-seen kind of fireworks, we suggest you flock to Varanasi, the ancient city of temples.
Watch spectacular rounds of fireworks cracking up on the sky along the banks of the river Ganges, indeed a life-changing experience! The banks too are illuminated with hundreds and thousands of clay diyas and candles, and their reflection on the river water sets a magical background.
Diwali Celebrations at the Golden Temple, Amritsar
Not only famous amongst Hindus, Sikhs too celebrate Diwali with a bang! Amritsar welcomes Diwali on a grand scale. In fact, the day is deemed to be quite auspicious in Sikhism too as it’s marked as the day when 6th Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind Sahib finally returned from prison in 1619 AD.
Moreover, it’s believed that Diwali and Golden Temple shares a more intimate connection; on the auspicious occasion of festival lights, the foundation stone of Harmindar Sahib aka Golden Temple was laid back in 1577 AD. Don’t miss brilliant fireworks, amazing decorations and a lake glittering with thousands of diyas (clay lamps) and floating candles!
Kali Puja in Kolkata
While the whole India worships the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, Kolkata, rather Bengal chants mantras, offers hibiscus flowers in prayers to the goddess Kali. Yes, Kolkata celebrates Diwali by worshipping goddess Kali.
The lanes of Kolkata are decked up with lights, lamps and pandals. The sound of conch shells fills the festive air; countless paper lanterns plague the night sky. In total, the atmosphere during Diwali is that of double celebration and Kolkata Tourism promotes it.
Planning a visit to the city of joy anytime soon? Book hotels near shopping area beforehand; it will not only help you avoid the festive rush but also ensure a comfortable, hassle-free stay.
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