How to celebrate in India
Diwali (or Deepavali, the "festival of lights") is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated around October/November every year. Diwali is one of the largest and brightest festivals in India.
HOW TO CELEBRATE
The Diwali decorations go up ten days before the holiday. All buildings are decorated with lights, lanterns and candles.
Marigold flower garlands are used to decorate homes and shops.
Rangoli is an art of coloured patterns made with powders. Women and kids get together to make "rangoli" outside the home.
We exchange gifts: generally men buy gold or silver gifts to their wives, daughters and sisters.
Women keep Diwali sweets at home to offer to guests on New Years Day. Gugru and Pendu are traditional Diwali sweets.
Street stalls sell fireworks during Diwali. Children and their parents play with firecrackers on the streets on New Years Eve.
On New Years Day we visit the temple to take the Gods' blessings for the new year.
"We wish you and your family a joyous and peaceful New Year"
Giulia and Sandy
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