Diwali also known as Deepavali is "the festival of lights", a widely celebrated Hindu festival across the globe. Being a Christian, I have always celebrated the festival with my friends.
I still remember my engineering days when I was studying in my hometown and love to celebrate Diwali with my friends' family; which was like another family for me. My friends' home was like a second home for me.
For me #GharWaliDiwali refers to the celebrations that I had with my friends' family. It was the last year of our engineering (2006) and we got the placement in different cities, we were not sure if we will meet again in the festivals. My friends' family was staying abroad. We started the preparations a month before. I was so much engrossed in planning the things with my friend as if I was doing the preps for Christmas. My friend & I used to bunk our classes for shopping. We pinned and rolled them through the walls and the railings a month before to give a kick-start to the festival.
My friends’ family came back to India to celebrate the festival with us. My friends’ mother used to cook delicious dishes every day for us. My friend was a Rangoli champ and he used to create a new design continuously for 3 days. This was the first time when I learnt how to make the design.
In this festive season all the shops are decorated and the city is filled with joy and happiness.
My friends' mother cooked delicious & variety of dishes for us on the day of Diwali. We played poker. Had a good time with friends and family. Being a hard-core non-vegetarian, I loved the vegetarian food occasionally. We busted crackers in the streets at an angle of 45 degrees to the rockets.
I believe this was my last #GharWaliDiwali that I celebrated like "Ghar Wali Diwali". For rest of the years I never celebrated Diwali like a GharWaliDiwali.
A brilliant heart touching PepsiCo #GharWaliDiwali film which reminds me that can Diwali be better than Ghar Wali Diwali https://www.gharwalidiwali.com/
Last year (in 2013) I celebrated Diwali in Johannesburg, South Africa. We went to the temples in Lenasia; the moment we got into the city it gave me a feeling of India Wali Diwali. There were a lot of food stalls. The temples were decorated with the lights and diyas. The Hindu communities and local Indians here spend like hundred thousand of Rands on the fireworks.
I got married in January 2014 and we are looking forward to celebrate Diwali with our friends. I am hoping that sooner not later but will again celebrate the GharWaliDiwali.
May the happiness and contentment fill everyone’s' life.
I wish everyone a very happy and safe Diwali.
Let’s celebrate a pollution free Diwali and donate the money that we spend in crackers, to the poor and give them a feeling of #GharWaliDiwali.
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