Diwali in Delhi!!

Deepawali or Diwali also know as the festival of lights is one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. The festival usually lasts for 5 days but the preparations for it require more than that.

Lights photography
Photo: Kartik Daurbi

Diwali week is probably the busiest week in Delhi. This holy week somehow lost it’s spirit last year due to covid pandemic and the nation wide lockdown.

Market in lockdown
Delhi markets during lockdown.  Photo: Hindustan Times

Now the lockdown has been lifted and the markets are back to life. It seems like they are rejuvenated. I visited the markets of Ranibagh, Rajori Garden and Naharpur, and they are flooded with people.

Most of the shops are decorated and new shops have open. Some have announced ‘Diwali Season Sale’ while others have added more stock that majorly includes gifts, designer diyas and candles, lights and Murtis (God Statues).

Diwali shops hawkers diya and candles

Hawkers selling Rangoli colours and earthen lamps could be seen at every 10 steps.

Rangoli, diwali celebrations
Rangoli colours to be sold kept on streets
Diya candle diwali shops
Colorful Earthen diyas and small statues

Even the street food sellers selling gol gappas and tikki had decorated their carts.

The hustle and bustle around, people rushed from one shop to another to buy gifts; florists seated at every cornor and shops decorated with flowers and lanterns;  it was definitely a sight to behold.

Diwali decorated shops

People start deep cleaning programmes of their houses 3-4 weeks prior to the festival. They had also decorated them with colourful lights and diyas that filled the atmosphere with rays of hope and happiness.

The one thing I admired the most was the fact that in the markets of Ranibagh and Rajori Garden, many shops followed Covid protocols and almost 50% of the people were actually wearing masks, but this wasn’t the scenario at other places. Even after the dreadful situation of second wave, people are careless. The thought of a third covid wave aches my heart.

Numerous families got destroyed this year,  people didn’t get to celebrate this holy festival with their loved ones.

Among those well lit streets, there were homes that didn't put up lights this year.
Among the children that savored the flavour of sweets,
there were faces for whom it was all bitter.
I know it might be too soon for them to be happy,
But I hope they have the courage to fight for it soon.
Diwali lights photography
Photo: Kartik Daurbi

Today is Bhai Dooj, that is the last day of a Diwali week. This day is celebrated to mark the bond between brothers and sisters.

Happy Bhai Dooj to all!! Stay safe, stay healthy!

14 thoughts on “Diwali in Delhi!!

  1. It is so beautiful. Unbelievable. I wish I can join you, holding a flower lamp. I can just imagine how people loved candle lights (a lots of it and a whole street or a whole river of it) in the ancient time before the light bulbs came into existence.

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    1. I wish you could see all this too.
      When I think of this, it does seem unbelievable, but I have seen it all and this post does not even cover the complete experience. Though I am thinking of writing one more that would include preparations of my family only.
      One should see the night sky on 15th August here(Independance day)…it’s filled with fire lanterns (if you see the movie tangled, you will know I am talking about).

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