Unlike other's I have been blessed with celebrating every single one of my Diwali with my family. I feel myself really lucky when I see my friends wanting to come to home for Diwali but aren't able to due to some really lame reason like no flight tickets or no leave from work. I pity them as the joy they forego is far greater than they realise. This is the post for them who are not celebrating the festival of lights the right way.
Got the idea of writing this post after watching this amazingly heart touching new Pepsi India campaign for #GharwaliDiwali. Do have a look at the video :
and the special website https://www.gharwalidiwali.com/.
As righteously as it can be the description of video mentions -
"All the lights in the world can’t light up your heart
If you’re not home with the people you love, this Diwali…
There is no Diwali like #GharWaliDiwali. "
I feel how true the above lines are. What's the point of celebrating if you aren't with the right people.
I remember the times when I was a young free minded chap rather than this busy arrogant guy I am now. The festivities for Diwali began 10 days ahead of the festival when our school shut down for Diwali vacations. Every single one of our cousins would gather at one place and the humongous family that we have, it was nearly impossible for the parents to find their respective children :P
Man those times were fun. Playing around all day, chittering chatting with everyone till the dusk, lighting those hundreds of diya's everyday and then decorating the home till every corner of it was lit.
And the food. Don't even get me started about the food. Diwali delicacies are THE BEST. They give your taste buds a real challenge with tens of dishes, varying in taste from really really sweet "halwa" to tangy and bitter "fried vegetables". Especially remember the "Daal ka Halwa" that my mom made every year. The overflowing Ghee, the exact amount of sweetness, as soft as cotton. That my dear was pure bliss. PURE BLISS.
I remember how good everyone would dress on the day and it was like a big fiesta all over. All the relatives would come and meet, celebrate and we had this gala time together.
Burning those cheerfully bright crackers, those 5000 shot garlands, those roof touching "anaars", trying to get my rocket above everyone else's.
The Deepawali those days were fantastic, nothing like present days Diwali. The excitement has been buried somewhere deep down. Really need to bring the whole family at one place and get the good ol' days back.
How times have changed. Now the feel, the enthusiasm and the harmony has lessened. I guess everyone's much more busier. Everyone has some or other family stuff they've got to do or some work that needs to be finished on an "urgent" basis.
I just wish there was some way to get everyone together every year for the celebration.
What is a Diwali if everyone's not together. The more the merrier.
What everyone of us should do is plan something that the whole family is together on this auspicious occasion. I think being together would actually change the purview of many things to come in the year. Being considered the Hindu New Year, getting all at one place and starting the year with all the loved ones has to be a great boost in positivity.
Let's get planning and make this big festival season even bigger by connecting souls and bringing everyone closer.
Let's pull a #GharWaliDiwali
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