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Live Diwali India Style.


Do you celebrate Diwali the traditional style? India being a land of culture and festivals, it is hard not to celebrate even one festival. Take any month, and there will be some sort of festive vibe and celebration taking place. The first half of the year may seem bland but the second half of the year is pure magic. Starting from Ganesh Chaturthi , Navrathri, Dasherra, Diwali and Christmas Eve, it is nothing else than a larger than life picture with the entire show shah. One of the upcoming festivals happens to be Diwali. This festival brings people together. Dispels darkness, brings joy and prosperity along with sweets and even sweeter memories. The festival of lights and the love – Diwali.


Diwali is the one of the festivals that is not categorized into any religion or caste specific festival. Every Indian comes forward to celebrate it with the same energy. The Flapper Life gives you an insight on how the 4 walls of India celebrate this festival.

North


Loud. Flashy and dhamakedar! That’s Diwali in North. It starts with Ram Leela and ends with the killing of Raavan’s doll. In Punjab and Himachal, gambling is the way of bonding during Diwali. In some of the northern houses, people put a silver coin in a tumbler of milk and sprinkle it all across the room. Punjab and Chandigarh too, dance their way into the festival of Diwali. Cleaning, Dusting, rangolis and lights are the pre preparations of the occasion.

East


The basics of pre preparations remain the same. However, in East India like Assam and West Bengal, Laxmi Puja is celebrated six days after Durga Puja. Diwali is celebrated as Kali Puja. Late night worshipping of Goddess Kali is done on Diwali night. In Odisha, Diwali is commenced post seeking the blessings of the forefathers.

West


The west always has a western touch to it. Western India is mostly associated with business and trade. Few days before Diwali, the markets of Western India are crowded with Diwali shoppers. In Gujarat, on the night before Diwali, Gujaratis create colorful rangolis in front of their houses. For Gujaratis, Diwali is New Year. On this day, any new venture, buying of properties, the opening of offices, shops, and special occasions like marriages are considered auspicious.n Mumbai, Diwali is family get together, playing cards, exchanging gifts. The Maharastrain faral is popular among the natives.

South


For most South Indians, Narak Chaturthi is the beginning of Diwali celebrations. Every south household bathes with hot oil before sunrise and offers its salutations to their elders. Food called Naivedya is offered to god first. Post that food and sweets are consumed and new clothes are worn. Hartalika is performed in many parts of Andhra Pradesh. For South Indians, buying of gold ornaments is very auspicious. Beautiful Rangolis is the start of celebration for South Indians.

Divided by locations, castes and religion, united by culture and festivals. The Flapper Life salutes every individual who practices a safe and eco-friendly Diwali.

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