The vibrant colours of sarees and lehengas, beautifully arranged diyas, boom boom of the firecrackers and boxes of mithai is what comes to our mind when we think of Diwali. This year Diwali, the festival falls on October 26{+t}{+h} a Wednesday, and the celebrations will go on till the weekend.

Streets are crowded, and shops come alive till the wee hours of the day. People look forward to the festival and plan weeks in advance, the first task being “shopping”. Clothes and jewellery are bought keeping with the tradition of Danteras. They not only buy for themselves but also for their loved ones, exchanging the gifts on the day of Diwali. They also place orders with their favorite Mithai stores along with instructions for special packaging.

There are families who make their own sweets and savories too, following their traditions. People across the country buy diyas [lamps] and sometimes trays and plates decorated with a small Ganesha idol and a lamp that are used for gifts.

And the most important of all are the firecrackers- starting with simple flower pots to rockets and 10000walas that will light up the skies and bring about the festive spirit in the air for days after the celebrations are over.