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10 Super Desi Things Diwali Is Incomplete Without In Every Indian House

10 Super Desi Things Diwali Is Incomplete Without In Every Indian House

Diwali should come twice a year. Or thrice. 

If there was a way to sign a petition and make it happen, we would. It is the most exciting time of the year and it’s unfair that the festival only comes once every year. 

However, the good thing is, it is right around the corner and we can’t keep calm. 

Diwali 2021 © iStock

It’s less than a month for Diwali and we are sure the preparations for the biggest festival have already begun at your place. 

You know, the wall painting in the house, shopping, cleaning and buying Diwali gifts for your loved ones. 

But these are just a few of the things that remind us of Diwali. There is so much more to it and so many feelings connected to this festival that resurface as Diwali arrives.    

Diwali in pandemic © iStock

Here are 10 things that happen in every desi house during Diwali which makes the festival what it is:

1. Overdosing On 'Kaju Katli'

Kaju Katli © iStock

Don’t call yourself a desi if you don’t sit groaning in stomach pain after hogging on a couple of dozen kaju katlis in one go. 

This happens every Diwali and still, we never learn. 

These rhombus-shaped devils of sweetness are more addictive than any drug in the world, no kidding! 

2. Fights During Card Games

You find out how competitive you are as a player while playing card games on Diwali. 

Although it is auspicious to play and brings prosperity, by the end of it, everyone is either crying or arguing. But that’s the fun of it, isn’t it? 

3. Endless Transfer Of 'Soan Papdi' 

Is it even Diwali if you haven’t been disappointed seeing a box of soan papdi and gift wrapped it again to give it to the next house you visit? 

Serious question though, if no one likes soan papdi, who’s buying them and why?  

4. The Excitement Of Lighting Up The House

Fights During Card Games © iStock

The whole city is lit AF, quite literally so. Adorning the house with those fairy lights is the best thing about Diwali. 

Also, we secretly rank houses on our streets on the basis of their decoration skills and choices of lights. Funny musical lights get no points.

5. The Swach Ghar Abhiyan 

Desi moms go into the ‘clean and discard useless items’ mode a few weeks before Diwali and if you are found sitting idle during this time, you’d very likely be discarded too. 

You clean the entire house, every nook and corner, lest you want an earful from your mom and dad.   

6. Comforting Your Pet

Those who have pets, especially dogs, this is one very important part of the festival for them. 

While you don’t mind comforting your pup all night, you secretly wish to go and lash out at those who are burning firecrackers non-stop until 3 am.  

7. Meeting Relative & Friends

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It doesn’t feel like Diwali unless and until your whole clan gathers at one place, kids run around and you all exchange gifts and sweets. 

You click photos with your cousins and step out to visit your friends’ place and there’s a quick meet and greet with their parents before you take a stroll in the well-lit streets.

8. Endless Shopping

Diwali shopping is the real struggle. 

While there are so many good and tempting deals going on, you feel overwhelmed with all the shopping for diyas, kandils and a million other things on the list that need to be bought, and on time. 

9. The Amateur Rangoli Competition 

Rangoli Competition © iStock

This is one day where we wish we were in the HR department and had some mad rangoli making skills. 

Everyone brings out the artist in them to make the most creative, colourful and beautiful rangoli. After all, it’s an unsaid competition between neighbours to see who makes the best rangoli. 

10. Homecoming

Most of us have been working from home due to the pandemic, but booking flights in advance, applying for leaves and coming back home from hostels, work city and literally anywhere was the ultimate happiness about this festival.  

Homecoming © Dharma Productions

And, then the post-Diwali blues follows. Until next year! 

*sobs while eating the leftover kaju katli*