Updated on November 7th, 2017
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court suspended the sale of firecrackers in the National Capital Region till 1 November. It is a move that reveals changing preferences in the way we celebrate Diwali.
We took a cue from that to curate what we believe is the most poetic gift this season. It also helps that they are immensely practical. The more things change, the more they remain the same. Even as some traditions fade away, Diwali is still a time for gifting, donating to causes you believe in, for decluttering and redecorating homes, and most of all, indulging in good food. We present options for all of the above, however. We scout for more creative ideas for gifting, more Eco-conscious ways of celebrating and more mindful ways of feasting.
Do you want to celebrate Diwali in a different way than the usual ways??? We have some unique ideas to make your Diwali bright and memorable. Here we go:
1. Give a helping hand in the kitchen
Go into the kitchen this Diwali to give a helping hand to your mom or wife making them feel special.
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2. Poke out the artist in you
This Diwali, decorate the interior and exterior of your house with fresh flowers or make colorful and bright rangolis at the entrance/corners of your house.
3. Be with your family & friends
On Diwali, make it a point to spend quality time with your family since morning by gossiping with them, having lunch together, sharing jokes and watching your favorite show on television. Give a call to your old friends and ask them to come at your place for a get together. Make your loved ones feel cared & loved.
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4. Be a reason for someone’s smile
Instead of spending money on crackers, try to purchase smile for the unfortunate people. It may be someone you know like your maid, peon or to roadside strangers those who don’t expect it from you. Make them feel loved; it will in turn make you feel better.
5. Get indulged into social service
Convince others to do charity and not to burst crackers so that you can enjoy pollution free Diwali. Explain it to the people that the noise of the explosion takes away many lives of animals & birds. It frightens these poor creatures who cannot even speak. Not only animals and birds but the noise and residue of fireworks are harmful for human beings. Spread this message and save lives.
6. Have a musical Diwali
This year make your Diwali enchanting with music and tap your toes. Enjoy some groovy moves on your favorite music making the celebration special.
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7. Bring out Ethnicity
On this Diwali, say no to technology and use more of earthen lamps than variety of electronic lights. Allow the poor lamp sellers to earn on this Diwali so that they could also spend their Diwali nicely. Celebrate your Diwali wearing traditional Indian costumes. Believe it a person looks elegant while representing his/her culture.
8. Enjoy Fireworks from a distance
You cannot make everyone understand not to burst crackers but you’ll find others bursting crackers. Enjoy the fireworks from a distance without involving yourself into it while protecting your lungs from the polluted air.