Diwali, also called Deepavali, is the Indian festival of lights. It is an important and much celebrated festival in India. Most Indians celebrate the home coming of Lord Rama after a fourteen year exile in the forests. They light an array of lamps to commemorate this occasion. The word ‘deep’ means clay lamp and ‘avali’ means an array. The celebration of the festival signifies the victory of good over evil within oneself. The word Diwali is actually a corruption of the Sanskrit term Deepavali. Today it is celebrated by Sikhs, Jains, Hindus, and even some Buddhists all around the globe.
Actually, Diwali is celebrated over a period of five days in many parts of India. These days include Dhanteras, Naraka Chadurdashi, Lakshmi Puja, Govardhana Puja, and Bhai Duj. Most of these days are celebrated with much gaiety and fervour with traditional customs and manners. On these days, people exchange greetings and gifts between themselves and their beloved family members, relatives, and friends to commemorate the festival. A wide variety of Diwali gifts are available online as well as in the markets. Let us take a peek into what is available to celebrate Diwali with an array of gifts.
On this occasion people gift sweets that are available in traditional Indian sweets stores. These sweets like mithais, pedas, barfi, rass gulla, gulab jamun, kaju rolls, pista rolls, and many others are conveniently available.
An assortment of Puja thalis is available in the market. These puja thalis come along with the necessary puja objects such as aggarbathi, clay or brass lamp, rice, sindoor, kapoor, and other traditional items.
An assortment of dry fruits is available for this day. Dry fruits like raisins, pistachios cashew nuts, almonds, and walnuts are extremely popular.
Candles and Diyas
Colourful candles and a variety of colourful hand painted diyas are also available. These are extremely popular especially with women as they light up the candles and diyas and place them around the house.
A collection of home decor items are available as gift items in the market. These items not only showcase the Indian traditions, but also reflect contemporary designs and have high aesthetic value. On the whole, these make a great gift item.
Jewellery is a much sought after item in India during Diwali. They comprise of various traditional patterns and designs. Purchasing jewellery is considered extremely auspicious, especially on Dhanteras and Lakshmi Puja.
A few days before Diwali, it is considered very customary to buy new sets of clothes. Families throng markets to purchase new clothes for their children and themselves. It is also considered very traditional to gift people and other children with new clothes and traditional garments.
Gift hampers are getting extremely popular for Diwali. Gift hampers are an assortment of gifts that are put together and presented as a hamper. Children’s gift hampers are very popular as many children usually like more than one gift at the same time.
Flowers are catching up as a new way to celebrate Diwali. Actually, traditional flowers like marigold and roses are in high demand, but other flowers comprising of bouquets are only recently catching up as a gift item for Diwali.
The business and mercantile community also celebrates Diwali by distributing a range of corporate gifts such as diaries, pens, mugs, watches, mobiles, wallets, brassware, candle holders, photo frames, coffee makers, and the like.