Streets flooded with light, Air filled with fragrances of mouthwatering food, porches of houses covered with beautiful colors of Rangoli, Fire crackers (when not banned) sketching magnificent designs in the skies… Yes you guessed it right… It’s Diwali-the most loved and widely celebrated Indian Festival. Diwali is one of the most auspicious festivities in India celebrated across religions. As per the Indian Mythology, Lord Ram and his wife Sita returned to Ayodhya after killing the demon Ravana who had kidnapped his wife Goddess Sita. It was in their honor that the streets of Ayodhya were lit up with oil lamps and thus celebrated as Diwali or Deepavali. I don’t know if the mythology is true but personally I feel Indians only need a reason to celebrate life and what would be better than celebrating it with lights, colors and relationships.
Now since I have mentioned relationships, I feel Diwali is the most awaited festival by families. I specifically mentioned families because it is the only festival which we prefer celebrating with our families. I remember Diwali during my childhood. We used to make the lanterns at home. Mom used to cook amazing delicacies (which she still insists on cooking), which we would devour. There used to be lights everywhere, new clothes, the silly fights over crackers with siblings, laughter and the best part would be the gifts. The gifts used to be the most exciting part of course and it still is. It was the gift that mattered then, now it is the feeling behind the gift that matters.
Just a few days before Diwali, I was thinking about gifting my parents something. I thought for long and couldn’t exactly find the right gift. My mom used to tell me when I was young that if you have to gift somebody, just don’t buy something for the sake of buying but try to find out what they need so that they feel cared for. So I tried to find out what my parents need and I figured out that my dad used a very old watch. So I gifted him a watch. Of course he loved the watch and while trying it on he casually said “I wish it would have been equally easy for you to gift me your time as well.” This struck me as a lightning and then I realized that the only thing our family needs is some of our time. We all are so engrossed in the virtual world of social media that we have stopped living the actual moments. The relationships, today, just need some of our time to flourish. This Diwali, lets gift our loved ones our time and make this festival extra special for them as well as ourselves.
To end with, I wish you all a very happy Diwali. May all your relations thrive and may you have a beautiful year ahead. Please take care of the nature and animals while you enjoy.