Diwali is one the most celebrated festival in India. The festival is the most joyous of all and is keenly awaited by the people. There is huge excitement among st Hindus to celebrate the festival in the grandest possible way. Markets are abuzz with activity as people indulge in a major shopping spree in shops loaded with goods.
Preparations for Diwali festival begin months in advance. As there is a custom to wear new clothes in Diwali there is lot of planning in Indian houses as to who is going to wear what. Then the dress is to be matched with whole lot of accessories. A list is also prepared for gifts meant for relatives and friends. It is believed that Diwali is the best time to build relationships with thoughtful gifts presented with love. Young ones in the family are showered with gifts and blessings on Diwali.
Womenfolk make themselves busy with massive house cleaning work that is taken at this time of the year. This is because it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi – the Hindu mythological Goddess of Wealth visits only spic and span houses on Diwali. Some people even get their houses white washed every Diwali. Upholstery of the houses is redone and the house is given a fresh new look for the bright Deepawali Festival. Most Indian ladies also prepare traditional festive goodies like laddoos, pinnis, mathri, papdi and shakkar pare days before the festival thus setting the mood for Diwali.
For children the biggest joy that Diwali brings is the opportunity to burn crackers. They start collecting money in their piggy banks months before the festival so that they are able to purchase the fanciest and loudest of all crackers. They just love the bright and boisterous part of the Diwali celebrations.
People staying away from their homes make it a point to visit their family on Diwali. They start making preparations by getting air or rail tickets booked days in advance. There is a huge pressure on transport services at this point in time as everybody wants to reach home at the time of Diwali Puja.