The Homecoming Diwali

Lights will guide you home. And ignite your bones.

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I feel you Chris Martin. This is the best way to express my feelings related to Diwali homecoming.

Its Diwali time. My favorite festival 🙂

Whats there not to like, so many types of sweets to eat, even people become extra sweet during this time. And the lights, oh the lights. Fairy lights, lanterns, candles, diyas (Indian oil lamp made of clay), all of it and everywhere. I have given myself full liberty to write this article with all my emotions and personal point of view pouring into it as celebrating Diwali is very dear to me.

This is the festival that marks the peak of the festive/holiday season in India. While different regions celebrate the festival differently and the significance is also different (well, almost) still I can call it the ‘king of all Indian festivals’ (well, it is to me ?). For instance, In the east especially West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand Durga Puja is the ultimate festival, in Maharashtra its Ganesh Utsav, in Gujarat its Navratri etc. but Diwali is equally important throughout the country. The festivities are the same throughout.

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India is immensely diverse, be it the language, religion, culture, food etc. But Diwali is the same for everyone. It is the one festival that validates the concept of ‘unity in diversity’ for India. Everybody celebrates the festival collectively, but that goes for Christmas and Eid too. Maybe, its an Indian thing :).

Diwali earmarks the whole year for various activities. You’ll find people scheduling work before or after the festival. Various business houses including multinationals, strategize their marketing as well as operational activities keeping this day in mind.

You must’ve read articles related to various places in India and how a particular time, festival or season is the best to visit those places. I can confidently go ahead and say that Diwali is the best time to visit India, any part of it.

To all Indians, Diwali is best celebrated at home, so suggest you do that but no harm experimenting. If you are from the northern part of the country, go ahead and experience how the folks down south celebrate it. For all foreign nationals planning to visit during Diwali, word of advice, experience it the way locals do-as a family. That means not just the pomp and grandeur of the festival but the general feeling and emotions associated with it.

I’m going to be home for Diwali, no exceptions there. While the concept of home differs for everyone, it will still be a person or place that you would want to return to again and again. And Diwali is the best time to do that. Going home for Diwali is a tradition that I’ll hate to break, if at all. Even if I had been home a week ago, home coming for Diwali infuses a different thrill and excitement. I’ll be lazing around the house most of the time or getting scolded by my mother for not helping her clean (that god forsaken annual Diwali house clean up). In spite of that, I love being home at this time as it reminds me of a happy time approaching us and we are just preparing for it. Mythologically speaking, Diwali is truly a homecoming festival. It is celebrated as the day Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya (his home) after completing 14 years of exile and rescuing his wife from Ravana. So, basically it is homecoming of Ram, wife Sita and brother Laxman. Sudden revelation! 0_0

(*packs bags and leaves for home*)

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As kids, it held a different charm, new clothes, gifts (sometimes money too), sweets (inducing cavities all the way), firecrackers(not so much for me) and no scolding from parents for a day :P. But as we or at least I have grown up, it has become a memento of childhood. I don’t know if that makes any sense but..

HAPPY DIWALI FOLKS! 😀

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