India is a country, which has a very rich culture and abundant of traditions and rituals. A number of festivals are celebrated here and all these festivals havetheir own significance and symbol. One of these festivals is Diwali. Diwali is the festival of light and joy.In India, it is celebrated with a lot of pomp and show. However, we shall today be discussing as to how one should celebrate Diwali if out of India in any of the foreign countries.
Whetheryou are in India or in abroad, you will be able to enjoy any of the festival, if you are full of enthusiasm and are charged up for the celebration. Celebrating festivals together bring us close to each other especially when you are not in your country and without your people around. One of the best ways is to get-together with the people of your community and celebrates it with full zeal and excitement.
- Understand the meaning
Any festive celebration would not be of any meaning to you, if you do not first understand as to why it is celebrated and how it is celebrated. Nowadays we have ample options to gain information on such things like the internet, our elders and the holy religious books.
- Study the history
The people of all caste, creed and religion celebrate Diwali all over the world, andthis festival is said to coincide with the Hindu New Year. It signifies the victory of good over the evil and strength of light over darkness. It is believed that goddess Lakshmi showers blessing keeping your family healthy, wealthy and safe.
- Decorate your house
You can begin with the decoration of your house. Make sure you thoroughly clean your house. Replace any of the damaged things, clean and decorate the small temple of the house. You can decorate your house with flowers and lights.
- Make Rangoli
The custom of making a Rangoli outside the house is also quiet popular. Rangoli is a drawing that is made on the floor with the help of saw dust colors and flowers. It can be made into various different patterns.
- Shop for yourself
You can go shopping for yourself and your family. On the Diwali day, you can wear nice traditional clothes for a change, and buy various new clothes for your family.
- Prepare traditional cuisine
Food is one of the most important aspect of all celebrations asit adds life to any occasion. You can make sweets, which are traditionally called “Mithai”. On this day, you can prepare these sweets and exchange them with your loved ones as a token of wishes and blessings for them. Exchange of gifts in the form of sweetsetc. is also a part of the tradition of this festival.
- Lakshmi pooja
As the day proceeds at night, you can have a get together with your family and pray to Goddess Lakshmi followed by the lightening of divas outside your house. Say no to crackers, as it leads to noise and air pollution. Make sure your Diwali is safe and happy for you and your loved ones.
- Play games
On the Diwali night, you can get together with your family and friends and play games like playing Cards, Rummy, charades etc. and have a fun time with them.