Clothes, firecrackers, house visits…been there, done that. This Diwali, load up your phone with these useful apps and watch as your popularity meter soars.

Diwali Deeya

By Digital Business Limited (iOS - Free version and approx Rs. 100 paid version)

Diwali isn’t called the Festival of Lights for no reason. When practically the whole of India is lit up by diyas, would you want your iPhone to feel left out? Diwali Deeya lets you light up a virtual diya on your phone and gives you options to change the type of diya, colour of the background, song and more. Done with it? Just blow on the screen to extinguish the flame.

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Fireworks Live Wallpaper

By Bobby Jaeger (Android - Free)

This good-looking live wallpaper puts on a fireworks show right on your Android’s home screen. Watch as your previously mundane home screen lights up in a dazzling display of colour, while you score brownie points from whoever looks at your screen. You can choose from a wide variety of firework types, backgrounds and colours. And all this comes for the low, low price of free.

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Zomato

By Zomato (Android & iOS - Free)

This one is for all you foodies out there. Tired of all those sweets and craving for some Thai on Diwali? Zomato helps you find restaurants that serve your favourite dishes, discover happening places and importantly, the best ones near you. The best part about this recommendation engine is that it’s the people who drive it. So if standing in the kitchen, sweating over an over-cooked dish isn’t your cup of tea, fire up Zomato and head to a great restaurant with friends or family.

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Diwali 2012

By Mango Techno Apps (Android - Free)

The Swiss army knife of this list, Diwali 2012 gives you tons of information related to Diwali and a few other Indian festivals. We know all about the food and crackers, but how high is your Diwali quotient? Learn everything from what items you need for a pooja to how to go about performing it. Once that is done, try your hand at preparing the sweets you love with helpful instructions and videos. Finally, figure out what time of the day is auspicious and when it isn’t advisable to pretend you’re a priest. Grandma will be proud.

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Diwali Greetings

By Mango Techno Apps (Android - Free)

Sending virtual Diwali postcards from your PC is so 2005 (no, really). Why wait for your computer to boot up when you can send a card right now from your phone? This useful app from Mango Techno lets you do just that. Create your own greeting card by choosing everything from the background to the various extras that adorn it. Or if you’re feeling too lazy, just pick from a range of ready-made cards. This app also lets you sign at the end to let your friends and family know it’s really you and not some evil robot. Once you’re happy with the card, send it as an email or through your favourite communication app.

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