Come September and cities across India get drenched in fairy lights. What starts with Ganesh Chaturthi ends with Diwali and Bhaidooj. This is definitely the festive season in India. Delhi is the heart of India because people from all over the country have made it their home.
Every festival gets its slice of limelight in Delhi but, if we were to choose the most festive then, Diwali will perhaps win hands-down.
Diwali – the festival of lights to pave the way for the victorious prince Ram’s homecoming is meant to be celebrated at home with family and loved ones. It’s a festival that demands housecleaning and beautification to welcome home the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi.
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It also is the festival of families getting together and gifting each other in a show of affection and in the tradition of thanksgiving for being around and having their back.
No wonder then that Diwali holds within itself a feeling of happiness, sense of bonhomie and the spirit of kindness. It is also the time to make merry by literally following the principle of ‘eat, pray and love!’
Hence, card parties are held before Diwali and on the night of the festival, Lakshmi is worshiped and prayers are offered to increase the wealth and happiness of the household and love is in the air because, everyone tries to get home to be with their families.
Diwali also includes throwing out the useless and trash and bringing home bright new things to brighten up the household.
Home decor shops do a brisk business this time of the year as do vendors selling lights and clay diyas and other objets d’art.
The city is also hosts innumerable Diwali Melas or Diwali fetes that allow people to eat, play and shop till they drop. Although these fairs are organized days and even weeks before Diwali, you can still catch some of the iconic ones if you hurry up now.
Blind School Diwali Mela
One of the most iconic and well-known Diwali Melas that has become a must-do for Delhi’tes is on till Monday, 16th October. It is a must-do if tasteful home decor is your thing.
When: 10-16 October
Where: Blind School Relief Association, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg
Timings: 10am – 8pm
Entry fee: Free
Dilli Haat, Diwali Bazaar
This one is a winner all the way because there is enough space to walk around, see and buy works of national award winning artisans and taste cuisines from all over India. Cultural programs also add to the spice in the evenings.
When: 16-19 October
Where: Delhi Haat, INA
Timings: 10.30am – 10pm
Entry fee: INR 20
Dastkaar Haat, Festival of Lights
This is another place to soak in the traditional. Original handcrafted ethnic goods and jewellery are up for grabs. You can also enjoy the great food and ambiance while you shop.
When: 5-16 October
Where: Nature Bazaar venue, Anuvrat Marg, Kisan Haat Andheria Modh, Desu Colony, Chhattarpur
Timings: 11.00am – 7.30pm
Entry fee: Free
Sundar Nagar Diwali Mela
Another old one. This fair is also the most well-known in the city. Today is the last day it is on so, please rush if you don’t want to miss out.
When: 14-15 October
Where: Sundar Nagar Park, Sundar Nagar
Timings: 4pm – 11pm
Entry fee: INR 100
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