Will Diwali shine on people this year?

Diwali, a major festival in India is just around the corner with less than 5 days. It is a major festival in Hindu religion. Diwali is celebrated with full vigor and enthusiasm  in Jaipur. Diwali is a festival of light. People buy gifts as well as household items, clothes etc on this festive occasion. Shopping spirals around Diwali quite like Christmas in the rest of the World where it is celebrated. As soon as Diwali ends, wedding season starts, therefore Diwali is a start of the festive season.

ganpati plaza diwali decoration in diwali
Diwali lighting at a commercial complex in Jaipur

Going with the popular opinion, the preparation for the festival this year lacks the usual zest & enthusiasm one usually gets to see around this time. Is it because of economic slowdown? Or is it because people now prefer to buy everything from online portals and e-com sites and not visiting the markets?  I’ll leave this question for you to answer.

Let me show you pictures from the local market depicting the preparations for the festival of light – Diwali.

Around a month before  Diwali starts the festive exhibition season. There are  many lifestyle exhibitions being held across the city   selling fashion clothes, dress wear, accessories, show pieces and jewelry. I’m staying clear of the pictures from such lifestyle exhibitions. These pictures are from the handicraft exhibition held in Jaipur.

Cane furniture at an exhibition in Jaipur.

Cane furniture is usually sourced from the North East India and has a very niche market. While earlier, it was considered as a cheap alternative to the regular wooden furniture, it’s not the case anymore! These hand-made cane furniture products are expensive,  even though they still cost less than the regular wooden furniture.

Unfinished pieces of earthen pots and clay items at an exhibition

These are unfinished pieces of clay & earthen pots from the backup stock of a vendor. Once these are painted & finished, they look amazing!

Khurja pottery for sale in exhibition at jawahar kala kendra jaipur

Khurja ceramic pottery from Khurja, Uttar Pradesh. Inexpensive and beautiful, the vendors have a huge variety to show. You can find everything and anything -bathroom sets, tea cups, coffee mugs, spoons, hangers and what not?

If you were to walk in front of traditional shops selling dry fruits in Johari Bazaar Jaipur, this is how shop owners are trying  to entice the customers for the festive season.

shops selling dry fruit in johari bazaar jaipur
Dry fruits display  in one of the shops in Johari Bazaar, Jaipur
Dry fuits for sale in johari bazaar jaipur
Ready for Diwali…Dry fruit display at a traditional shop in Johari Bazaar, Jaipur

Dry fruits are all time favorite gifts for the Diwali season. While the modern format supermarkets and stores sell pre-packed dry fruit boxes at various price points, the customers of a traditional bazaar like the Johari bazaar in Jaipur shun such options. Highly quality conscious buyers prefer to sample before buying. They inspect and make a choice from the huge assortment present in the market. The variety available in such markets cannot be matched by any supermarket or modern format stores.You can buy whatever measure you prefer and in any permutation & combination,  unlike prepackaged boxes where quantity is determined by the price point. Many traditional shop owners now also offer pre-packed  dry fruit boxes or gift boxes. What’s your choice?

What is Diwali without  Diyas or Deepak? It’s symbolic of the Shine” target=”_blank”>shine  it bring to the life of people.

earthen pots & glass for sale in johari bazaar jaipur

Painted Diyas for Diwali at a potter’s shop  in  Jaipur Bazaar.

Diya for sale in Jaipur Bazaar

I’m positive that festive mood for Diwali will set in and it will shine on the city and people!

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68 thoughts on “Will Diwali shine on people this year?

  1. I missed this. Sorry. I am sure I clicked to be notified of new posts. Anyway, here now. I love the pictures. They are so sharp and clear. You do an amazing job. I am currently looking at coming in January, but also want to do a Hill Railway and that’s miles away ( I think )

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    1. Jackie! Thanks for appreciation and comment. 🙂
      By the way, the train ride in mountains (I guess this is what you mean) is famous on these three routes – Kalka -shimla, Siliguri-Darjeeling and Ooty in South India. Among all three places, the Kalka-Shimla is the closest one to Jaipur. 🙂


      1. Diwali was good. It’s always hectic around Diwali because of so many invitations to Diwali parties and get together. 🙂
        I have been on Shimla meter gauge train which was built in colonial era, twice. I really love it.

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