Diwali is one of the most awaited, celebrated and significant festivals of India. It is also fondly known as the ‘festival of lights’; all homes and localities beautifully adorned with diyas and fairy lights. The festive spirit is highly contagious, with everyone feverishly shopping for new clothes and gifts, cleaning and beautifying the house, families getting together for the festival and tripling ones calorie intake.
I have the most beautiful childhood memories of Diwali. Schools would shut for almost a month long vacation. Endless hours of playing with friends and indulging in cracker bursting competitions(which was probably the most coveted event of the year), drawing rangolis outside the house(with everyone competing to create a design more attention-grabbing than the rest), the innumerable differently coloured sweets(available in every imaginable colour), friends and relatives visiting each other(and exchanging fancy gifts, of course), Laxmi poojas(which one had to sit through if one wanted to go outside and play after), the excitement of wearing a new dress bought specially for the occasion(which when you’re young is probably just 4-5 times a year), and lots and lots of lights and colours and sparkles everywhere!
I’ve grown up loving the festival, and because I’m always looking for an excuse to dress up in ethnic stuff, I love it even more. I picked one of my mother’s many sarees for the occasion , a beautiful green and red combination and wore it with a pale golden blouse. This was the first time we clicked pictures wearing a saree and also the first time we were clicking indoor. I was terribly scared about the outcome, but Syddharth being the genius he is, got some gorgeous shots, and so here we finally are with our Diwali post which we are so excited about!