In Ahmedabad, Diwali is not just a 5 day festival. Diwali means alot of preparations and pre planning. Here are 6 things every Amdavadi will indulge in every Diwali:
1. Cleaning homes and offices
The one thing on everybody’s to-do list before Diwali is the dreaded house cleaning drill. This is a month long process ! The homemakers start wooing their maids to work a few extra hours for ‘ghar ki safaai’. The smallest of the problems of the house which have been ignored forever; get full attention in this festival. The process begins with an intense session on the interiors with a broom and duster and goes on until all leakages and faulty electrical fittings are fixed. To give the home a new look, Amdavadis also get their houses painted or else just add sparkle with some bright and inexpensive furnishings and festival merchandise. Offices also throw out rubbish and make the work space clean and sparkly before the new year!
Shopping during Diwali is not just limited to buying festive clothes from big brands. Diwali shopping includes everything, right from designer clothes from posh stores to household items from grocery stores to colourful decorative items, creative diyas and candles from the hand carts on the roads. Big budget or small, nothing can beat the Diwali season shopping mania!
3. Cooking And Eating
Diwali is that time of the year when both sweets and savoury items are in equal demand. Every household prepares an array of food items not just for themselves but also for the guests coming to visit them during these festive days. These days, not all hosueholds have the time to prepare elaborate food items like in the past, yet smart Amdavadis come up with such recipes which can be cooked in advance and kept or prepared in a few minutes as the guests come. Some popular savoury items include methi na gotha, vegetable samosa and mixed vegetable cutlets and sweets include kaju katri, ghugra, sukhdi & jalebi!
Diwali is the time when socializing is at it’s peak in Ahmedabad. Amdavadis don’t just meet and greet friends and family. But they also make it a point to celebrate this festival at the work place with colleagues by organizing team lunches, picnics and parties. That’s not all, a big part of festivities includes sending gifts to friends, relatives, family, business associates and partners.
Firecrackers such as sparklers, flowerpots, ground chakakars, rockets, sky shots, sound crackers etc. are an attraction every Diwali. Both children and adults enjoy bursting crackers immensely. Some Amdavadis who are conscious, say no to crackers and instead just light oil lamps or diyas or candles.
Gujarat takes the top slot when it comes to travelling during Diwali break, be it within the country or to international locations. Diwali is the festival which gives one of the longest breaks in schools as well as corporates. With Amdavadis being hard core travel lovers, they plan their Diwali vacation in advance and to new exotic locations each year.