Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in India. In Kolkata, known for its cultural diversity and rich traditions, Diwali becomes a grand spectacle. Let’s dive into the enchanting world of Diwali in the City of Joy.
The Spirit of Diwali
Diwali, also known as Deepavali, signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. It’s a time when families and friends come together to celebrate with great enthusiasm and devotion.
Decorations and Illuminations
Kolkata, renowned for its artistic and creative spirit, adorns itself in the most exquisite way during Diwali. The city streets, markets, and homes are decked with colorful rangoli (decorative floor designs), marigold garlands, and intricate clay lamps. The renowned Kumartuli area, famous for its idol-making artisans, showcases magnificent clay diyas and earthenware lamps that capture the essence of the festival.
The shopping fervor reaches its peak in the weeks leading up to Diwali. Kolkata’s bustling markets like New Market, Gariahat, and Burrabazar are bustling with shoppers looking for traditional attire, jewelry, gifts, and various sweets and snacks. It’s customary to buy new clothes and jewelry for the festival, and these markets offer an abundance of options.
No Diwali celebration is complete without indulging in delectable sweets. Kolkata is famous for its mouthwatering sweets, and during Diwali, shops and sweet stalls are brimming with special treats like Sandesh, Rosogolla, and a variety of other sweetmeats.
In the evenings, people gather for puja (prayer) to seek the blessings of the goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Homes are illuminated with rows of diyas, and firecrackers light up the night sky. The sound of bursting crackers and the visual spectacle of fireworks add to the festive spirit.
Kolkata is known for its inclusive and communal celebrations. Many housing complexes and neighborhoods organize community events featuring cultural programs, competitions, and delicious feasts. These gatherings foster a sense of togetherness and unity among residents.
A Green Diwali
In recent years, there has been a growing awareness about the environmental impact of firecrackers. Many people in Kolkata now opt for eco-friendly celebrations, using LED lights and supporting noise-free, sustainable Diwali.
Diwali in Kolkata in 2023 is set to be a grand celebration filled with lights, joy, and togetherness. As the city unites in the spirit of the Festival of Lights, it serves as a reminder of the rich cultural diversity and traditions that make Kolkata an exceptional place. This Diwali, may the lights of hope and happiness shine brightly for all, illuminating the path to a brighter future.