Diwali – The Festival of Lights is the perfect day to see the whole country lit up , as it is undoubtedly one of the most widely celebrated festivals in the country despite cultural and geographical diversity . However, the significance of Diwali varies across regions and religions, but is celebrated with grandeur irrespective.Typically people like to wear new clothes and jewellery on Diwali along with exchanging gifts and local sweets with their near and dear ones.
Here are our top 5 reasons to travel to India during Diwali :
The month leading up to Diwali is the best time to shop in India , as practically everything goes on the so called “Diwali Sale” and you can grab some things at almost half their original cost. Infact , there are some lovely Mela’s ( Exhibitions) that happen around this time which sell a variety of curios. The Diwali Mela (Exhibition) at New Delhi deserves a special mention for buying Diwali gifts.
2. Beautiful Decor and Lighting
A lot of the prominent landmarks across the country , the bazaars(local markets) , the streets , houses are beautifully decorated and lit up a few days before Diwali . It is an exceptional experience.
3. Gamble Away
If you like the occasional gamble , you must include attending a “card party” to your agenda while in India this month. Card Parties start weeks before Diwali and are very popular especially in Northern India. As per Hindu Mythology, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati (His Wife) were playing a game of dice on Diwali Night and Goddess Parvati after winning this game proclaimed that winners on Diwali Night will be be forever wealthy.
4. Delicious Sweets
A record number of sweets are sold and consumed during Diwali time . Indian’s are known to have a sweet tooth and hence sweets are an important part of all celebrations inn India, with Diwali being no different . We recommend you try Gulab Jamuns ( Fried Milk Powder balls dipped in sugar syrup) definitely , though the list of sweets is unending.
Indian’s believe in the ancient tradition of “Athithi Devo Bhava” meaning welcome the Guest as God. What better time to experience Indian Hospitality than this grand festival. Be prepared to get showered with love and affection and get ready to eat the delicious local sweets and savouries till you drop.