Thursday, October 15, 2009

Mogambo is missing Diwali 2009

Once I watched a movie called Mr. India starring Anil kapoor and Amrish puri. Amrish Puri was called Mogambo in the movie and always used to say the dialogue “Mogambo khush huva” (Mogambo is now happy). But during this diwali the mogambo is not happy as I am going to miss my diwali 2009 celebrations. Each year I celebrate diwali with my family in Maharashtra, burning crackers and eating sweets.

Diwali 2009 will be celebrated on Saturday, the 17 of October. Diwali or deepavali means row of lights (diyas) and signifies the victory of good over evil. Deepavali is a 5 day festival which begins in the month of Kartika and ends in the month of Ashwin. It is also believed that Rama came home after defeating Ravana during this day after exile of his 14 years vanavasa.

According to wikipedia: “In India and Nepal, Deepavali is now considered to be a national festival, and the aesthetic aspect of the festival is enjoyed by most Indians and Nepalese regardless of faith. Kerala is the only state in India where Deepavali is not a big celeberation.” : )
So you see; that is the reason I miss diwali in 2009. I remember the deepavali celebrations during 2008 when I burnt some crackers and they blow in my hand. They are a part of the diwali celebrations and people never get upset with such accidents. It is always advised for the children to be with their parents while burning the fireworks.

Rangoli or designs drawn in front of the house play an important part of diwali celebrations. Children and old unite to decorate the rangoli with different colors. Houses are decorated using flowers, pine leaves and banana stem. Mango leaves are twisted, tied on a thread and decorated in front of the house. A series of Diyas(lights) are lit on the walls and terrace of houses. During diwali night, each house glitters like gold.

Fireworks come normally from Sivakasi in tamilnadu and they are sold at high rates in north India. My father brings a packet full of fireworks for our enjoyment for the 5 day diwali celebrations.

During diwali children can have maximum sweets that include tilli ke ladoo, rava ke ladoo, pakoda, chivda, karanji, sakhar para, son papdi, bundi ke ladoo, malai peda, barfi… They are countless. I miss all of them. Telivisions will be full of latest films and during diwali 2009 all the latest movies will be played.
I forget to mention anarsa which is one of my favorite sweets. It is prepared by the maharashtrians.

Each day of the 5 day diwali celebration has its significance and name.

1st Day: On the first day Gau Mata(cow) is worshiped and this day is called Vasu baras.
Cow is considered sacred in India and people treat it and call it as mother (referred as mata/ Matha). People pray before the cow and offer a part of their food. Normally, while prepration of food the first piece of annh(food) is considered and kept aside for the cow.

2nd Day: Second day is called Dhana trayodashi that is regarded as the jayanti of Lord dhanavantri. People consider this day as perfect for purchase of utencils and gold. Lord Dhanavantri was one among the others who came out during palari mathanam(churning of the great ocean where lord Vishnu resides).

3rd Day: The third day is called Naraka chaturdashi and marks the defeat of Narakasur by lord Krishna. This is an important day in South India where people apply oil and have a great bath, draw kolams(designs) in front of houses, and puja is performed for lord Krishna.

4th Day: Day 4 is Laxmi pooja and considered as the main diwali in North India where people worship goddess Lakshmi and Lord ganesha. This day is considered sacred and people lit lamps and pray for well being.

5th Day: The fifth day is called as panchami or Bhai Duj where brothers and sisters meet and express their love and affection towards each other. The customs of north India during bhaiduj are divine and respectful.

Children have 5 day holidays during diwali celebrations and for diwali 2009 I think there vacations have started. I can only imagine the pleasure; my friends will have during 2009 diwali celebrations. Virtual reality can make the things appear in my dreams but in real life they are a great loss.

However I will enjoy it online through different blogs and portals. I wish all my blog readers, friends and their families a very happy and prosperous diwali.

Happy diwali 2009…


  1. Thanks for your comments...Yes It does taste good unlike other healthy stuff out there...its a notion in everybody's mind including mine...not anymore tho..... often healthy food does not taste good...but try that will be thankful..Wish you and your family Happy Diwali..

  2. Hey abhilash, nice post...interesting article about diwali that was one awesome read...:-)
    enjoyed ur post!! pls do accept a diwali gift from my blog.:)Have great happy and prosperous diwali.:)

    catch u later.

  3. Hey Abhi like this same post is lying in my draft.Urs is more interesting and well narrated...

    Wish U a Very Happy and Prosperous Diwali :)

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  5. You will not miss Diwali when we all celebrate it with you in the blogosphere. :) I never knew it was celebrated for 5 days.. great news to me. :) my post abt it will reach on 17th only :)

  6. Even i miss diwali, here in uk there is no celebrations at all...last year even i was with my mom and all..miss them i do understand how u must be feeling....anyways u can still be happy this festive season with all ur friends around....Wish u and ur family a very happy & a prosperous diwali...hope it bring lots of happiness and luck ...

  7. Happy diwali to you and ur family Abhilash..

  8. hehe. you enjoyed a grand onam with your family, in kerala. and know what, kerala is the only state where they celebrate of the states don't ;)

  9. Wish you could be with your family but then that is part of growing up!

  10. Happy diwali to you! I enjoyed learning about this fun celebration!

  11. Nice post Abhi..its ok,this yr enjoy with ur wonderful friends over there..Here in US also Diwali is declared as National festival..make some sweets and enjoy.....

  12. Hi Abhi, you are not going to miss this diwali. We are there to celebrate with you. Happy diwali to you and your family, may this diwali light up your life with prosperity and lots of happiness!!!

  13. Nice post Abhi... did not know all those details. Don't worry you still can celebrate with your friends. Happy Diwali and enjoy your day!!!

  14. Lovely post!I did not know you celebrate it for 5 days..We do it for 3 days.The sweets with the mithai wala are so tempting:)Happy Diwali!

  15. You know, there is a LOT of Indian students here in USC...I just passed through an engineering career fair and 90% of the students attending were Indian! It's great that I am getting a cultural lesson from you so that I don't sound totally ignorant with them! (though I'm sure India is REALLY big and there are different groups within the country, correct?)

  16. Very beautiful post with nice pictures.
    Wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous Diwali.

  17. nice descriptions and happy Diwali!

  18. Hey abhilash, What a nice post about Diwali and all that you are missing about it. It is very well written!
    Have a happy and prosperous Diwali!

  19. Hope you had a great Diwali..

    Wish you a happy and prosperous year..

  20. Nice post about deepavali Abhi. ohhh don't worry I am also with you here in UAE no chance to celebrate Deepavali me too missing India a lot.only I made some sweets that's it no friends,no get togather no cracker s nothing.


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