Diwali is festival of lights but for us it is the time when we all come together and celebrate, fight over places we will go in Chandigarh and colour of new curtains, sofa covers, any new appliances, like my mom wants to get a Chimney, I want to get a wide screen monitor and my father, he just wants to have a holiday from his office.
We all cannot get what we want so we have finalised a Kitchen Chimney this year and I will need to wait for the widescreen monitor. Next Diwali it is.
Diwali starts with my mom making a list of all the places I must clean, mostly heavy lifting and attcis cleaning. I did that today. Our house is clean because but still we must clean it again. I started on 28th October and finished on 3rd November.
Then in the evening we go out on a walk and get gifts for our relatives and neighbours; buy Diya's (I have a picture of a Diya in the gallery below), new bedsheets, curtains, and some decorative items. I will add pictures later but below are the I clicked.
You can read about the tradition of lightning our houses and Diya's here. Diya's are soaked in water, so they do not absorb the oil and are lit for longer and then at night they are lit. Here are some pictures of me doing that last year (yet to do it tomorrow), and Rangoli, not made by me :).
Then we go to our relatives and neighbours house and give them the gifts we got for them along with customary dry fruits, I love them and the sweets. The sweets are delicious.
Then comes the part for which children wait for most. The firecrackers. I am yet to do that this Diwali but here are some pics from last Diwali. I have DSLR now so this year pics are going to be amazing, probably.