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Deepavali Diwali Indian festival of lights. As soon as Navaratri / Dasara festival is over, homemakers start to think and plan for the Diwali festival.

People get busy in cleaning the house for festival, making preparations for decorating house, making toy forts and placing the toy soldiers on them etc.

Diwali shopping is a big part of the deepavali festival celebrations. Many households save money for their diwali shopping as there are big discounts available at all shops.

Online festival shopping has become a big attraction as there is the convenience of shopping from home and the home delivered goods. In addition to this most online portals offer large discounts.

Diwali greeting cards, gifts, lights, rangoli, new clothes, fireworks and the delectable recipes of Diwali, sweets and savories, all together form the celebrations of Diwali.

Starting from fire crackers to Diwali faral, that is Diwali special festival foods may be ordered online.

Earlier Diwali faral foods were made at home, but now many homemakers opt to order from popular local shops. Many housewives take orders to make this Diwali faral.

Families and friends get together to exchange gifts and sweets and have a good time.

Diwali recipes include sweets, snacks, drinks etc.

When is Diwali - Deepavali - Indian festival of lights

Deepavali is celebrated for 5 days.

In 2020 Diwali days are:

November 12th, Thursday - Dwadashi - Govatsa Dwadashi / Vasubaras

November 13th, Friday - Trayodashi - Dhantrayodashi / Dhanteras / Dhanvantari trayodashi Yama deepam / Kali chaudas / Hanuman puja

November 14th, Saturday - Chaturdhashi - Narak chaturdhashi, Tamil Deepavali / Lakshmi pooja / Sharada Puja / Kali pooja

November 15th Sunday - Amavasya - Govardhan Puja / Bali pratipada

November 16th Monday - Pratipada - Bhaubeej / Bhaiduj / Yama dwitiya / Gujarati new year

Diwali lanternsColorful Diwali Lanterns

People get busy in cleaning the house for festival, making preparations for decorating house, making toy forts and placing the toy soldiers on them etc.

Diwali greeting cards, gifts, lights, rangoli, new clothes, fireworks and the delectable recipes of Diwali, sweets and savories, all together form the celebrations of Diwali.

Families and friends get together to exchange gifts. Homemade or store bought sweets and snacks are exchanged and families have a good time. Dry fruits boxes are also a favorites as exchange gifts.

Diwali Deepavali Celebration

Each home lights a variety of lamps for this celebration of festival of lights. It may be oil lamps as in the image below. It may be electrical lamps or candles.

Fire crackers are a integral part of Diwali celebration. Kids as well as grown ups enjoy lighting up fire crackers. Fire crackers are given as a gift to kids sometimes. This makes diwali a very noisy festival too. Every year, lot of money is spent on fire crackers.

Now a days, because of environmental awareness, some people have stopped burning fire crackers. Some kids donate the money given by parents to some worthy cause instead of buying crackers.

Marigolds are a favorites during diwali celebration. Diwali pooja requires marigold flowers.

Lanterns of different shape, size, color are hung outside homes / offices / buildings.

Earlier, making a lantern was a favorite activity before the start of deepawali. That kept kids busy during diwali holidays and gave them a chance to learn some paper craft and the parents, grown ups got to spend some quality time with their kids and relive their childhood too.

Now, many people buy these lanterns as they are easily available.

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