What should I give my Indian friend for Diwali / Durga Pooja?



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My childhood memories of Diwali are laced with my Mom frying chaklis and Gujias, my Aaji (Grandma) rolling ladoos, dad putting up lights and we trying to “declutter” our room and waiting eagerly to burst crackers.

When is Diwali in 2019? In 2019 The Lakshmi Puja is on 27th October which is a Sunday. The five days Hindu festival of Diwali will start on the 25th of October which is a Friday and will continue for 5 days until the 29th of October which is a Tuesday.

“Diwali is, without doubt, India’s answer to America’s Christmas, where the religious aspect takes a backseat and secular shopping comes to the fore”.

Mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik

So if you are scratching your head wondering what to gift your friends or relatives for Diwali or Durga Puja, this list will fill you up with awesome inspirations.

1. Antique Degchi Style Incense Holder: I like the look of this Degchi style incense holder as it has a very classic contemporary look to it. This incense holder comes with a one time use complimentary fragrant dhoop.

2. Diya Lantern with Hanger: Burn the midnight oil the festive way 😉 Diwali is a festival of lights so how about decorating the wall with this attractive Diya lantern. This lantern comes with brass screws, plugs, and bells.

3. Handpainted Wooden Wine Set (Set of 3): Packed in a box, this set has Bottle Opener, Bottle stopper & cork opener made of Mango wood with stainless steel. .What I like about most of the Bombay Stores products is that they are very contemporary yet traditional.

4. Designer Square Coasters (Set of 4): Yet another product from Bombay Stores is Pattachitra Folk Tales- Designer Square Coasters (Set of 4, 10 x 10 cms) with Holder Stand. These coasters have vibrant decorations of flowers, foliages, and beautiful borders.

Click for Awesome Decoration Inspiration like floral rangolis, diya decorations for Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja, Dussera & all other festivities: Awesome Decoration Ideas to spread the joy of festivity!

I have put together a great gift guide for a baker. From digital measuring cups to silicone bakeware you just can’t miss with these awesome baking gifts: 17 Ridiculously Useful Gifts for Bakers | Diwali gift guide.

5. Akhand Diya: If you have a windy house and you are afraid the diya will go off or you have tiny curious toddlers who you are afraid might touch the diya, then go for this diya. This Diya is affordable and is safer than an open flamed diya.

What is great is that you can use it even when the fan is on.

This diya reminds me of the song from the movie Devdas –

Silsila yeh chaahat ka na maine bujhne diya,
O Piya, yeh diya na bujha hai, na bujhega
Meri chaahat ka diya

Song from Bollywood movie Devdas

This diya includes cotton wick and brass cleansing powder.

6. Brass Nandi Bastar Art: I was born and brought up in the Chhattisgarh region of India and so I have a natural affinity to the art form of Bastar. My house is full of Bastar Art including a statue of Lord Shiva sitting on Nandi.

The product I am recommending here is a brass metal figurine a made with Dhokra Art or lost wax process. You can place the statue on the floor with a tea light under the Nandi’s belly.

Diwali is a five-day festival of lights, sweets, and crackers. Click to read when is Diwali in 2019, how & why is it celebrated: Traveling to India during Diwali? Here’s Everything you need to know.

So what exactly is Diwali? Diwali is a five-day-Hindu annual harvest festival of lights, sweets, and crackers celebrated by Indians. The most popular myth associated with Diwali is that it is the day when Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, arrives in the house which is clean, illuminated and inviting. This makes Diwali a Goddess festival.

7. Parrot Oil Lamp Deepak: This beautifully handcrafted parrot oil lamp is made with solid Brass.

Awaken the air of spirituality with this gorgeous Diya be it the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, Durga Pooja or even a house warming party.

May the Diya spread light in the life of the person you gift!

I am sharing 25 of my favorite Bollywood Krishna songs which are a blend of love and devotion, innocence and virtue, as also mischief and plain dhamaal! I have set the songs chronologically, and in doing so, the mood of the songs moves naturally from soft and melodious, to energetic and entertaining: Top 25 Krishna Janmashtami songs & Bhajans from Bollywood.

Discover India’s culture with popular festivals including Diwali, Holi, Eid-ul-fitr & few you might not have heard of. Find when, where & how to celebrate: 15 Most Popular Festivals in India (with 2019 dates).

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