Diwali is a festival of lights that is well known with great zeal through India. Initially, it was famous, as this very day we rejoice the return of Shri Ram to Ayodhya after an exile of 14 years in a jungle. When he returned to Ayodhya, people lit diyas in desi ghee and distributed sweets to one and all. Since that day, people have been celebrating this festival with same happiness and enthusiasm.
The festival holds traditional importance of exchanging gifts. People visit their friends and family along with sweets and lovely gifts on this day as per the Indian tradition. The markets are flooded with all kinds of gifts, sweets, chocolates and other items to choose from. The exchange of gifts and sweets is actually a way of meeting friends and family and enjoy sometime together.
Earlier, Diwali was all about bursting crackers and lighting colorful rockets in the sky. People wear brand new clothes, roam in the market and buy new stuff for their home. At night, everyone worships goddess lakshmi and seeks for her blessings for wealth and prosperity for their family and home. The tradition was celebrated with sweets as gifts for friends and family. However, with passing time, people have changed their pattern of gifting as well as celebrating this wonderful occasion.
Nowadays, as the joint families are broken into nuclear families, a common tradition is that one family member hosts a party and will invite the rest of the family to his place so that all of them can sit together and relish some old memories. Furthermore, now people spend less on crackers as they add to noise and air pollution and pay more attention towards choosing appropriate gifts for the families. Most people choose chocolates over traditional sweets for gifts these days because they have longer shelf life and have fewer additives. Furthermore, dry fruits make a wonderful gift these days because they can be stored or even longer time.
Though people still worship Goddess Lakshmi on this day but most of them prefer to go out for dinner after worshiping. People invest in new clothes or home appliances as there are several attractive offers in the market during Diwali festival. It is more about family get together and choosing sensible gifts for other members on Diwali now as compared to earlier days when it was all about sweets.