Diwali is the festival of lights. People celebrate the day by igniting the Diyas, lighting up the fireworks and by enjoying social conversations to remember that Good always defeats the Evil. However, the mythology behind the Diwali Celebration in India has a different mindset. Some emphasize that Diwali is the date when Lord Rama came back to Ayodhya with his wife, brother, and Hanuman after defeating Ravan. For some communities, Diwali is observed as the day when Pandavas returned to their nation after 13 years of separation and hiding. But we the young people consider this as the homecoming time. But sometimes due to extreme work pressure, we can’t manage. If you are one of them and you are staying in Delhi NCR, then this is the blog to read. As we will be describing the most important and interesting thing to do this Diwali, so hang on with us and let’s enjoy this festive season with a bang.
There’s no more suitable place to be part of the Diwali Celebration than those famed farmhouses of Chhattarpur. The spacious lawns decked with tables and chairs all geared up with sets of cards and boards, the exorbitant amounts of alcohol and kebabs to keep you warm in the Delhi winter, everyone in their regalia—this is the capital at its most celebratory. Don’t be scared by the corporate lawyers staking bundles of cash, electronic devices, and even car and house keys—find a table wherever the pales suit you, grab a drink and gain some new buddies even if you waste some of your hard-earned money.
Shop at the Blind School Diwali Mela
If you’re in Delhi for Diwali, add this to your bucket list. Arranged by the Blind Relief Association, this beautiful event is a fixture on every Delhiite’s calendar. The stalls here sell everything from impressive shawls, saris, and rolls of decoration to bath and beauty products that smell so good you’ll want to eat them. You’ll also find wonderfully painted lamps and candles, vibrant jholas and juttis, postcards with ancestral artwork and much more.
Ride the iconic whirligig
Sunder Nagar entertains one of the oldest and most festive Diwali celebrations in the city. Take the next generation in your family for a ride on the iconic giant wheel and to explore some fun magic acts. Also, the food is extremely yummy, so when you’re finished with the rides and shopping, explore the food zone and grasp a plate of chhole bhatura or aloo chaat.
Enjoy a langar at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
While the community feast or langar occurs at most of the gurudwaras every single day, Diwali is special. It also corresponds with the Sikh celebration of Bandi Chhor Diwas, the day of Guru Hargobind’s independence from Mughal prison. The story continues that after his liberation from jail, Guru Hargobind reached Amritsar on Diwali. The whole city exploded in joy, exploding firecrackers and sparking up their homes and the Golden Temple. Most gurudwaras are lit up for a few nights heading up to Diwali and have a spectacularly festive buzz about them on the day.
Check out Dastkar Nature Bazaar Festival of Lights
This is where you go if you like to carry your heritage on your sleeve. Dastkar’s recognized to showcase India’s most stunning fabrics, textiles, patterns, and needlework, from ajrakh to pochampally, ikat to Kanjeevaram. The event will also display crafts like pattachitra paintings, Khurja pottery, Tanjore art and more.
Be a culture vulture
The festive season’s not just about Diwali. It’s also the origin of the acting arts season, with open-air theatre, concerts and dance performances at the city’s best places. If you happen to be in the NCR during this time, check out the events calendar of the India Habitat Centre or Kamani Auditorium, plus brand new spaces like Oddbird Theatre, and see what’s occurring in the city.
Shop some more
Beginning with Navratri, the run-up to Diwali is all about sprucing up the house, purchasing new outfits and engaging with your family and friends for rounds of gifting and cards. Dilli Haat, the initial pan-India craft festival, is great all year round. But it is especially humming in the lead up to Diwali, with stalls assigned to festival apparatus. Complete all your shopping and dining and then settle down on a brilliant pillow on a moodha and allow the haat’s leading mehndiwalis to enhance your palms for the festive season. Also check out Khan Market, which is all lit up and has some excellent material on offer, from idols for your puja thali to handmade wrapping paper for your gift creels. You can also pick up some beautiful fairy lamps and lanterns from the shops in Lok Nayak Bhavan, right behind Khan. Explore the Good Earth and Nicobar for your Diwali gear (and match it with jewelry from Amethyst). Not far away, Janpath’s, however, your best bet for traditional juttis.
Do Old Delhi in style
No trip to Delhi is concluded without a visit to the Old City, whether you’re studying to gorge on Daulat ki chaat, jalebis and parathas, or want to do up your home. Since you’re traditionally guessed to buy something in silver or gold for Dhanteras, head to Dariba Kalan in Chandni Chowk for everything from equipment to silver coins. Chawri Bazaar is renowned for greeting cards and other mementos, while Kinari Bazaar’s is the destination for all things bling. And now, at Haveli Dharampura in Chandni Chowk, you can enjoy all the action. The tastefully restored 1887 estate, done in Mughal style serves 13 rooms and suites and a great Purani Dilli restaurant, Lakhori. Visit the terrace and look out at Jama Masjid, Lal Mandir, Gurudwara Sis Ganj, and the Red Fort, under a colourfull sky.