Light, sweets, new clothes mark Diwali in Delhi

Their houses lit up in festive spirit, people in the national capital today celebrated Diwali with fervour and gaiety, exchanging sweets, bursting crackers and sharing the joy with near and dear ones.

Houses and shops were at their decorative best, with lights all around the walls, flowers donning the insides and colourful ‘rangolis’ welcoming people at the entrances.

People had been flooding markets throughout this week in frenzied shopping and early on in the day too, many people rushed to their nearby shops to make sure they have enough sweets and crackers for the day.

The day began with many people in new clothes performing puja at home while others visiting temples.

Chants of prayers and wafts of fragrance from incense sticks permeated the environment early in the day, following which people stepped out of their houses to exchange greetings with neighbours, friends and relatives.

Many also took to Facebook to wish ‘Happy Diwali’ to their friends and some also used the social networking site to exhort their friends to follow safety norms while bursting crackers.

As evening descended, candles and oil lamps dotted around the houses as revellers took to open spaces to burst crackers.

As always fire officials were on their toes to ward off any incidents in the city.

They received as many as 85 calls for fire-related incidents since midnight last till 8.00 pm. In Hauz Khas, a restaurant caught fire in the main market area and 10 to 12 fire tenders were sent to control it.

While for many, the festival is all about celebrating, for some it is also about sharing of love and compassion.

Nandita, who celebrates Diwali with friends, made it sure she took out an hour to go to a school run by a charitable trust and distribute some books and stationary to underprivileged children. “It is great if some children would feel happy by the effort,” she said.

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