Today Is Diwali.And Tomorrow....??

@else34 (13610)
New Delhi, India
November 11, 2015 5:50am CST
Today is Diwali.The festival of light,bliss,abundance and fulfilment.Now when I am typing these lines,there is charm everywhere around me.Everyone is decorating their house and offices,the market is bustling with customers,children rushing to the market to buy fire crackers and sweets,every household is busy preparing for 'puja' [worship] of Goddess Laxmi.Everywhere around me there is a divine charm,laughter and joy. Come evening and 'deepaks' [ earthen lamps ] will be lit.Roads will glitter with the divine light of earthen lamps.Goddess Laxmi will be worshipped in every household,friends and relatives will begin visiting,greeting and wishing 'Happy Diwali' to each other.Firecrackers will be burnt everywhere in front of houses and even on roads.Sounds of firecrackers will reverberate from all directions.And all this will go on till the dawn of the next day.It will be a sleepless night for most of us. And tomorrow??....Everything will come to a grinding halt.All activities will stop.Most of us,having spent a sleepless night,will retire to their beds.Roads that are heavily crowded now will become empty.It would be an extremely lazy,dull day. And from the next day,it is back to business again for a long,full year.
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@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
11 Nov 15
That is amazing and so well described. You can almost feel like you are there enjoying your festival. You have done such a good job of telling us what this means. I totally enjoy reading about new cultures and especially festivals.
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@else34 (13610)
• New Delhi, India
12 Nov 15
@poehere,Thanks for leaving this comment.Diwali is the greatest festival of us Hindus.We keep waiting for it for the whole year.And when it comes,we enjoy it a lot.But the joy doesn't last for more than a day.Today is the very next day and all in my family are fast asleep.Gone are the days when the festival was celebrated for as many as five days.Continuously spiralling prices have taken away charm from all festivals.
@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
12 Nov 15
@else34 This happens in a lot of countries and a lot of religions. It is sad when changes take place because you knew how it was before and now see it today.
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@else34 (13610)
• New Delhi, India
13 Nov 15
@poehere But this change is so distressing.
@owlwings (39078)
• Cambridge, England
11 Nov 15
Thank you for this discussion! It sounds as if it is a very magical festival, rather like our Christmas (which celebrates the birth of Christ but was, originally, a celebration of the turning point of Winter and the return of the Sun). Does Diwali always happen at the time of a certain New Moon? Do you exchange gifts during the festival or is it simply a time of worship and prayer? Anyway, I wish you a happy Diwali and success in the forthcoming year!
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• India
12 Nov 15
@else34 Just saying, Diwali falls on 'Kartik Amavasya' that is no moon day... :)
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@else34 (13610)
• New Delhi, India
12 Nov 15
@hora_fugit Yes,There is no word for 'Amawasya' in English.They call it 'no moon day.'
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@owlwings (39078)
• Cambridge, England
12 Nov 15
@hora_fugit I looked up the literal meaning of Amavasya and liked that it means, roughly, 'living together', meaning that the sun and the moon are living together (that is, in the same house or position) on that day.
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@amnabas (9907)
• Karachi, Pakistan
11 Nov 15
Happy diwali to you my friend.Enjoy your festival.
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@else34 (13610)
• New Delhi, India
11 Nov 15
@amnabas,Thanks a lot,my dear friends.Wish you a very happy,blissful and great new year.
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@JudyEv (121092)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Nov 15
It sounds like you'll all have a marvellous day of celebration. And it's great that you get a day to get over the festivities before going back to work.
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@else34 (13610)
• New Delhi, India
14 Nov 15
@JudyEv,Diwali is a marvellous festival that is celebrated marvellously.It is another matter that unprecedented rise in prices have played havoc with the charm and the natural shine of this grand festival.
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@JudyEv (121092)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov 15
@else34 That's a shame if it is being commercialised like all the other celebrations we engage in.
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@else34 (13610)
• New Delhi, India
14 Nov 15
@JudyEv These are the days when every festival is getting commercialized.Diwali is a holy occasion,but now private companies have begun manufacturing earthen lamps and poor potters who had been making the lamps before the festival have lost their source of income.
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@Jessicalynnt (47789)
• Centralia, Missouri
11 Nov 15
neat, and thanks for a little bit into this holiday for you, it's not one I am familiar with.
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@else34 (13610)
• New Delhi, India
12 Nov 15
@Jessicalynnt,You are most welcome.You may know about Diwali on the net.
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• Centralia, Missouri
13 Nov 15
@else34 I had heard a little bit, but it's cooler hearing from a person who celebrates it!
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@else34 (13610)
• New Delhi, India
14 Nov 15
@Jessicalynnt You may read it on the net.And if you want to experience it,WELCOME to India.
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@SIMPLYD (78631)
• Philippines
13 Nov 15
I seems like the New Year's eve celebration . I can just imagine how wonderful it is because of those lights and fireworks. Happy Diwali !
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@else34 (13610)
• New Delhi, India
14 Nov 15
@SIMPLYD,It's a grand celebration.Fifteen years back Diwali used to be celebrated with much more charm.But now continuously rising prices have taken away the natural shine from the festival of light.
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@SIMPLYD (78631)
• Philippines
14 Nov 15
@else34 People have to be practical. If they don't have the money then tehy shouldn't buy those lights and fireworks anymore .
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@else34 (13610)
• New Delhi, India
15 Nov 15
@SIMPLYD They do exactly that.Now they do only what they can afford.Actually what is essential is prayer and worship which involves some rituals.
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@ria1606roy (2684)
• Kolkata, India
14 Nov 15
That is such a mesmerizing description. I see you spent a really happy Diwali!
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@else34 (13610)
• New Delhi, India
14 Nov 15
@ria1606roy,I spend all festivals happily.But on Diwali and Holi I miss my gone by days.The charm of these festivals has become history now thanks to exorbitant prices.
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• Kolkata, India
14 Nov 15
@else34 well with rising consumerism, the festivals have attained a whole new level and meaning, can't be helped. Really miss those simple days.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
24 Mar 16
An excellent informative discussion. You've educated me about something I was ignorant of. A joyous Diwali to you and your family and blessings to you too.
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@else34 (13610)
• New Delhi, India
25 Mar 16
@Ms Tickle,Thanks a lot,dear friend.I had written this post in November last year on the Diwali day.I am so glad to know you liked it.Diwali is one of our two greatest festivals,the other being Holi,the festival of colours.And what a pleasant coincidence,Today is Holi. Wish you too a very very happy,blessed year for you and your family.Thanks again.
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@paigea (21959)
• Canada
24 Nov 15
I loved reading this as I knew very little about Diwali
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@else34 (13610)
• New Delhi, India
25 Mar 16
@paigea,Thanks,my friend.You may know more about Diwali from the internet.
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@marlina (72657)
• Canada
15 Nov 15
Excellently done for describing this holiday in your country.
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@else34 (13610)
• New Delhi, India
25 Mar 16
@marlina,Thanks,dear.It is the greatest festival of us Hindus.....Sorry for commenting back so late.
• Mumbai, India
12 Nov 15
And after long full year again we wait for Diwali to come.This time cycle continues.
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@else34 (13610)
• New Delhi, India
12 Nov 15
@Mukundrao,Of course,my friend,one year seems to be too long a time to wait.I love festivals like Diwali and Holi.When these festivals get over,I get depressed.
@sofssu (14470)
11 Nov 15
Happy Diwali to you.
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@else34 (13610)
• New Delhi, India
12 Nov 15
@sofssu,You are most welcome.Diwali is over and Christmas is round the corner.Marry Christmas to you in advance.