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5 Diwali Rituals You Must Know About

Round2hall Tue Oct 22 2019

Diwali is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. Due to a large diaspora of Indians in other parts of the world like Trinidad, Tobago, Fiji, Singapore, and so on, Diwali is an official holiday in many parts of the world! Essentially, Diwali, or Deepavali, is the festival of light destroying darkness when good triumphs evil. Every Indian home prepares for Diwali in the ancient traditional ways and celebrates the festival with long-established customs. Here are some Diwali customs and traditions that you should know about.

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House cleaning

It is an age-old norm to clean homes before Diwali. Indians believe that the Goddess Lakshmi only steps inside if your home is clean. This doesn’t just mean dusting the house. De-cluttering things, painting your house, and re-decoration is also a part of it, depending on your budget.

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Shopping

Long before Diwali, the women in traditional families go shopping. It is the norm to wear new clothes on each day of celebration. It marks respect and excitement for the festivity. Men dress in traditional kurtas and, sometimes, dhoti, but it’s the women who steal the show! It’s the time of the year when women love to show off their new wardrobe collection.

Diwali sweets

Diwali is a time to let go of any diet regimes or exercise routines one has! The five days of celebration have loads of food, especially sweets! Chakli, peda, barfi, and laddoo are common during celebrations. Almost all sweets are made with broken pieces of dry fruits.

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Rangoli

During the five days of celebration, people decorate their home with rangoli, a colorful artwork made with rice powder. Rangoli powder comes in many colors and the porch of one’s home is decorated with beautiful designs. It is is another way to ring in the festive spirit.

* Exchanging gifts and playing cards

It is a tradition for families to exchange gifts during Diwali. The festival is one time in the year when families from all parts of the world reunite. Close and extended families pay visits at one another’s place for hours of banter, card playing, and gifts!

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