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The traditions of Diwali in India has a long history. It is celebrated all over India as a festival symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness. Being the celebration of light, Diwali is a standout amongst the best celebrations in India, commending the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravan, the devil.

This year, I’m celebrating this Diwali without crackers, with family, no sugar but festive mood with lots of love, in short, in my style. Here’s my list of the five reasons why I love Diwali and how I’m going to celebrate it.

1) Cleansing the house, Yass!. Much before Diwali, it is time to throw away unwanted items, clean, repaint and refurbish homes depending on the budget. The tradition behind this is that Goddess Lakshmi graces those homes that are absolutely clean.

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2) Lighting up the house which is my favorite part. One of the most distinct visual representations of the holiday is the arrangements of lights. I’m lightening up my home with my family with different kinds of diyas  and  painted candles in different shapes and sizes for the entrance, living rooms and bedrooms. I’ve purchased some colourful diyas and create imaginative placements all around the house. A crystal bowl or flat pot full of water and flower petals with floating candles for lobbies and lanterns decoration for windows and ceilings.

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3) I’m going to avoid burning my money on crackers. They literally do not serve any purpose. Besides creating unwanted noise and air pollution, also they encourage child labor. Cracker less and eco-friendly Diwali is best. I’m going to celebrate a clean green and pollution free Diwali!

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4)  This Diwali, I’m going to donate to the needy. If you run through your wardrobe. You may come across at least a couple of clothes, accessories, shoes which we are no longer using or wear. There is no better way to light this Diwali than lightning up a needy person’s face.

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5) Alright, maybe celebrating with insane amounts of food is what we brown people actually do best. But this year, as I’m strict with my diet, I might not touch sugar sweets. But Hey, we have more option in veg, like saag paneer and daal makhani or may be Eat almonds, avoid cashew nuts. Never mind, Diwali is delicious.

Happy Diwali! A celebration of family, prosperity and light that fills the world.

 

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