The festival of lights has mellowed. Its 'no more
crackers' for many and gambling and extravagance
is passe. Tradition be blown. People have realized that
commercialization had made Diwali a festival of mindless
revelry with a vulgar display of wealth and riches.
But not anymore !!!
This season, the flavour of Diwali had a dash of the
spirit of thanksgiving too. People made a conscious
effort to quieten, simplify and individualise their
Diwali. Families had taken time off from their hectic
schedules to painstakingly plan and prepare sweets,
while at the same time bonding like a family. Of course
there were those who still went out and bought their festive
eats, but its just not the same as doing it the traditional
pujas too were simpler affairs and were used as
mediums to spread positive energy, spirituality and
bond with family and friends. The festival of lights
has turned into an assimilated experience with some
tradition and a lot of freedom. Catering to the ritualistically
challenged some music companies had recorded pujas,
aartis and shlokas on tape along with thoughfully accompanied
little books explaining details of the various pujas.
Quick ways to usher the pandit out of life!!!
Gifts too, are no longer thought of as symbols of wealth
and power, but mutual exchanges where it is the thought
Celebrating Diwali away from home on holiday has become
a popular choice too. Instead
of sticking to age old tradition, many people preferred
to holiday and at the same time have a happy Diwali
by just being together. Hotels reported a surge in occupancy
during the festival season including on Diwali day.
Most importantly, the anti-cracker campaign had
a profound impact on the lives of people. They not only
realized the adverse effects of crackers for health
and safety reasons, but are now more aware of the dangers
and also the effect it might have on the environment.
Moreover, people are now aware that cracker manufacturers
hire little children and hence contribute to an increase
in child labour in our country. The trend now is to
buy Diwali stuff from places where the proceeds go to
Finally, the true meaning of this beautiful celebration
has come to light. And it has added to the fun.