Diwali is one of the most awaited festivals of the year –lights, fire crackers and a feeling of festivity that lasts longer than the festival itself.
Does everyone in our society feel it though? Perhaps not. Not everyone is blessed to have a new dress, or even taste some sweets on this grand day! So why not this Diwali, make it a celebration for one and all?
The best way of spreading joy is to Give - to Donate to someone who may not be able to afford it on their own. This does not have to be monetary always. Giving away some new clothes, or even pre-cared ones, sweets, gifts, or even time –are all of great value to the not –so – privileged.
It is a good idea to have in place a good plan for what do you want to donate as that will allow you to do more things on one day.
Schedule some time and visit the local orphanages, or a stray animal shelter, an old age home, or simply people around us like the Guards of our building, Medicine store owners, etc who are working, instead of celebrating the occasion with their families.
Having some candid conversations or, sharing a couple of jokes with them will brighten up their lives for more than just on the day of Diwali.
Instead of spending copious amounts of money and time on shopping for readymade gift items, try making some at home and engaging your kids as well. Make some handmade cards, or home made candles and give them to your friends and families as gifts. The benefit of making such gifts at home is that they can be highly personalized and hold a lot more value in the hearts of the sender as well as the receiver. You can also engage other family members in packaging, tagging or even handing over those gifts to friends and extended families.
Be it sugar, or spice, or everything nice – try making these things for your family at home. Make chikkis (a sweet made of peanuts or other nuts in), try out some new recipes for savories and sweets or just make a nice Rangoli (colorful floor art) at home, make lanterns, decorate Diyas (Indian earthen lamps), make decorative display pieces for home, make Torans, make, make, make… there's a lot you can do!
While you have fun doing all of this, save up some time and energy for giggle and chats with your family.
Whether you go shopping, or do the nail art of for your neighborhood aunty, whether you make Chikkis at home or you spend time cajoling your little one to take their mind off the horrible cracker sounds, whether you spend the day managing your new born baby or you have a flamboyant Diwali party – just ensure you are there with your family and friends and having a ball out of Diwali!
Do let us know in the comments what all you tried this time around!
Wish you and your family a very happy Diwali!!