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.
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 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.
These are unfinished pieces of clay & earthen pots from the backup stock of a vendor. Once these are painted & finished, they look amazing!
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.
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?
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Painted Diyas for Diwali at a potter’s shop 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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