The much awaited festival of light is here. Derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Dipavali’, which means a row of lights, Diwali has been celebrated since time immemorial. Diwali celebration marks the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.
Today, most of us are caught in stressful activities and long days at work. In spite of busy days at office or spending time getting over the stress with friends and colleagues, the most valuable time is the time we get to spend with our families.
Festive occasions, specifically, are good times to dedicate to your loved ones so that the entire family can cherish the spirit of the season. Diwali is among those very few occasions where members of the family can actually leave their work commitments behind and come together to immerse themselves in merrymaking.
Although it is a tradition to burst crackers in Diwali, this year the Supreme Court has banned the sale and use of fire crackers.
For all those who consider the verdict to be an impediment in their Diwali celebrations, know that your plans for the festival haven’t been stalled completely. After all, festivals are a means of rejoicing with your loved ones, and that can be achieved without firecrackers.
Below is a list of some of our favourite activities that the entire family can take part in together to make the festival of lights even more joyous.
Lighting up the house together:
The preparation for this grand festival starts much ahead with people cleaning their houses and offices. They decorate their places with flowers, diyas, lamps and rangolis.
Decorating and lighting up of the house is one of the most common activities that brings families together to celebrate the occasion of Diwali. Not only is it an excuse to clean and beautify your home while having fun, it is also an opportunity that allows you to spend quality time with your loves ones and work on something rewarding with them.
You can add some color by making rangoli pattern and setting up candles, lamps and diyas in and around your house. This activity is sure to impress people when they visit your home and see the result of your hard work.
Cook your favourite dish together:
Like all the other festivals in India, food too plays an essential role in Diwali. From delicious sweets or delectable savouries, every household prepares a fare worth feeding a kingdom. A lot of people also gift sweets to their friends and families to wish them luck and prosperity for the coming days.
We all know that Diwali is an occasion that gives you an excuse for feasting on delicious food and sweets. You can get your entire family involved in the kitchen some tasty treats as there is nothing like a house smelling of good food on an auspicious day.
Visit your friends:
Get together with your neighbours, relatives and friends to have an enjoyable experience with your family in a social setting – the festival spirit really is best enjoyed when shared with others. Friends are an extension of your family, so it makes sense to visit them and share the joyous occasion together with them.
Offer gratitude and prayers:
A festival is a good time to remind us to be grateful for what we have. And no religious festival is complete without rituals and ceremonies to seek blessings from the Gods. This Diwali, get the family together for a puja at home or take them for a visit to a temple to offer your prayers.