It is that time of the year again. The time when there is a nip in the air, lights in the neighbourhood, a sparkle in everybody’s eyes and the summer has finally given way to the Festival of Lights. The silky sunshine and its warmth only add up to the festive spirit.
Ladoos. Lights. Family. Crackers: Diwali means a lot of different things to different people, but one thing that everybody can relate to when we talk about the festival is memories. We all have very special memories tucked away in a corner of our hearts which make us smile every time we think of them. Here are 18 Diwali memories we had as kids which we still cherish:
1. When moms ask us to get cleaning, it means Diwali is around the corner.
2. The crackers drill would start weeks before Diwali.
For us kids, bursting crackers was the best part about Diwali. We would pitch in money and buy crackers to burst with our neighbourhood friends. While some of us would burst cracker after cracker, some were happy with the phuljhadis and chakris.
3. Talking about crackers, remember pledging not to burst crackers in the school assembly?
Some of us crossed our fingers while taking the pledge, some just didn’t care, while there were a few who took it seriously and stayed away from them.
4. And going to buy crackers with our dads was a big deal.
5. Diwali meant loads of holidays from school and that was the best part.
What you miss the most about the festival is a bucketful of holidays. Now, with work and college, you don’t get to spend the same amount of time like you used to, and it sucks.
6. People visiting your home a week before the festival would mark the onset of the festivities.
7. The excitement to unwrap the gifts from relatives.
8. It meant the onset of the cards season.
9. Getting your hands on new clothes for the festival was a really big deal.
10. The thrill to see different types of crackers colour the infinite sky cannot be described in words.
12. Our mothers would create beautiful rangolis.
Our contribution was usually just a simple line or two at the end, but we claimed the whole thing was ours.
13. Even something as simple as puja was a grand feast.
14. It was the perfect occasion for group photographs and the entire family would squeeze into one frame.
16. Remember the melas we waited for so eagerly?
17. Shagun from elders was an added bonus!
18. There was never a NO for anything.