Diwali, or Deepavali, is a festival of lights celebrated by hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Here are 11 things to do during Diwali and right after.
Diwali may be celebrated the way it is because, as with most customs, that’s how it is done. Some may even be clueless as to what the festival represents. See, e.g., Diwali explained by an NRI kid.
For an informed opinion, see this National Geographic explanation for kids or Barack Obama’s Diwali greetings:
And for an audio-visual reminder of how best to celebrate Diwali, read on.
1. Tidy up your home
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2. Make your home more inviting with rangoli or kolam patterns
Don’t have the skills to create beautiful, elaborate patterns with rice and colored powders? Make do with smaller, stick-on patterns.
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3. Get gifts for your loved ones
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4. Remember the less fortunate and give to charity
Spread some cheer. You could donate, for instance, to those who are coping with the aftermath of Cyclone Hudhud.
(See related compilation of the most memorable Diwali ads and short films of 2014.)
5. Wear new clothes
It’s festive season. Put on your finest!
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6. Light lamps and place them inside and outside your home
Where there is darkness, let there be light. Not just figuratively, but also literally. Use common sense, though, and keep lit lamps away from flammable materials.
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7. Pray for wealth and prosperity in the coming year
Remember, there’s power in prayer.
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8. Light not fireworks. Yes, you heard it right.
Miss the racket that fireworks make? Make do with an audio recording instead:
Please, keep it a clean and safe Diwali.
9. Exchange sweets with relatives and friends
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10. Enjoy a Diwali feast with family
A family that feasts together, stays together.
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Lastly, here’s a bonus tip:
11. Work off the extra pounds you put on during Diwali
Come up with a 30-day exercise plan. Want to make sure your lifestyle changes are sustainable? Take baby steps towards forming healthy new habits.
Check out this list of 12 South Indian Sweets and Snacks that North Indians must try this Diwali.
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