How I Celebrate Diwali? - Henry

How I celebrate Diwali in my younger years

I am not here to say what is Diwali is. How do I celebrate Diwali? Well the answer spans across various phases of my life. During my very younger years, when we used to celebrate diwali, I was a mere spectator. All those courageous elders will burst crackers holding them in their hands. I still remember one of my cousin brother bursting a 100 wala holding in his hands till the very last moment. I used to wonder whether I can do it any day.

When I came to higher school, I graduated to burst crackers on my own. But then didn't try out what my brother did. Me and my local friends will gather together and will burst bijlis. Keeping the bigger lakshmi, kuruvi and krishna crackers at home. Else there is a high chance that yours will be the first one to be exhausted. From single bijlis we moved to bursting two to three at a time. Sometimes out of mere craziness will use a coconut shell just to see how much farther does it fly.

During my 11th and 12th, it would be me and my sister competing with the neighbours on who is bursting more crackers. The decision of the winner is based on the amount of papers seen inside your house. It was fun to make sounds like "dup" or "dush" when my sister goes to light the cracker. Bursting of crackers during this period will be between 7am to 9am and then from 11am to 12pm. In the evening it will start with the fireworks at 06pm or 07pm.

During this time we started watching the special programs in the channels. That is the reason for the gaps in the time. Diwali means watching a new film. Since our house was out of the city it was not that easy to watch a new film. So watching a film became a mandatory thing for us on Diwali day. Forgot to tell you that Diwali means those yummy sweets my mom used to make. Also me and my sis used to go to neighbors house to share sweets and eat what they have prepared before bringing it to home!!!

I dont remember celebrating Diwali as a huge extravaganza during my college days. Those were the days when we used to cut the college to see a film. So I was not even interested in watching films. Just roam around and see the fireworks.

After my career started the interest in bursting crackers or even fireworks decreased. And after marriage we did only one our first diwali. Now I am eagerly waiting for my son to grow up and to celebrate the Diwali with him. But I have a feel that celebrating Diwali has become a costly affair and also people has started loosing interest in it. Let me see whether my son wants to burst crackers or is happy to be at home.

Happy Diwali (Belated though) to all!!


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