Diwali is celebrated to welcome Lord Krishna after he demised the evil Naraksura (demon). We used to get two set of dress,one to wear on the eve of Diwali and other one in the morning.Unlike North India,here in Tamil nadu Diwali is celebrated only for 1 one day,in the month of Aippasi (Tamil calendar). On the eve of Diwali we gather all the new dresses,bought for all the members in the house and apply a pinch of turmeric in an unseen place.(This is done for all the new dress whenever we wear). Then the dresses will be neatly arranged in a manai (Palagai) and place before God.Next day we wake up early(there were days we woke up as early as 3!) and first thing to do is the eldest member of house lit up a cracker and throw it in the street.(There was a hidden competition to see which house woke up first 🙂 ). Then all the members will sit ready for oil bath.The eldest lady member of the house will apply the sacred oil and keep nalangu(a paste made of turmeric and kungumam) in the feet and hands to all the other members,make them eat a vethalai (beetle leaves)along with a banana and to herself.(Sesame oil heated with peppercorns and few other ingredients). On this day we are supposed to take bath only in hot water.This bath on Diwali is considered as sacred as bathing in river holy Ganga. Next all the members will gather before God and get the dresses from the eldest (Grandfather/Grandmother or both) and wear them.The next thing we will do is eat Deepavali marundhu (a preserve kind made with lots of ingredients with medicinal value) and get blessings from elders(we used to get money from all the elders 🙂 ). This is the significant part of Diwali and eating this marundhu is a must.After this the children will run out of the house and never make an appearance until they are called out almost 100 times to take food :). Yes they will be busy in the streets bursting crackers :)In some homes there is a tradition of eating Idly and ukkarai (a Tamil sweet) on Diwali for breakfast,we generally have the festival spread itself.When we were growing up,cable TV and private channels were also growing with us and we were really excited to watch any new film they telecast on the day of Diwali evening.Some homes they also go to temple,watch a new film its all their own ways of celebrating the festival.Next is Thalai Diwali.Thalai diwali is the first diwali,a newly wedded couple celebrate.This usually happens in the Girl’s place and the couple receive loads of gifts and new clothes.In our place if there is a home with a couple celebrating Thali diwali,they first burst a 10000wala (a chain of 10000 crackers). After all the celebrations are over,in the night again the eldest member of the house will make all the others stand in a row facing East and take drushti(to remove any evil eye on them) and throw it out of the house.Here I have explained how we do it to the best of my memory and knowledge and this is the custom followed by us in our place.Hope you enjoyed reading :). I have put a collection of all goodies posted here so far,please take a look.
Wishing all my dear readers/friends and blogger buddies a very happy,safe and prosperous Deepavali.May this festival of lights remove all darkness and bring in loads of happiness and bright colors in your lives 🙂 🙂 🙂