Today is the Diwali festival of lights – we wish all of our Indian participants, alumni and future candidates a Happy Diwali, and a special thanks to Rajashree for today’s guest blog post!

Land of festivals they say,
One more festival is here- call it you may…
Diwali as I know it-a celebration of Lights,
Celebrated by everyone- not just by money or might…

Legend has it, Lord Ram returned to his kingdom,
Welcomed with pomp and joy wholesome…
Lamps glittered along all the streets,
Rejoicing townsfolk with festivities and sweetmeats…
Lord Ram is known for his benevolence and courage,
Wise as he was blessed by every sage…
Exiled for fourteen years from a life of comfort,
Fought demons relentlessly on heaven and earth…
Legends passed on through generations remain,
A mélange of colors now they attain…

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Truly, Diwali has transcended boundaries across religions in India today. It’s a festival of spreading joy and happiness. It is celebrated for four days at the onset of winter. Communities come together to celebrate this festival in different ways. Though Indian culture varies differently across north, south, east and west, this festival is celebrated with equal pomp across the country.

This is my first Diwali away from home, and I cannot explain what I am missing! Waking up early on a Diwali morning to the soothing fragrance of Jasmine flowers and sandalwood paste that adorns the little temple at home is a priceless memory. Diwali for me means amazing homemade sweets like laddoo, gujiya and so much more. Trust me, overeating too is underrated during Diwali. Sumptuous Indian food being made at homes to mark this festival is bound to leave you a few kilos heavier at the end of four days. Friends and family get together and celebrate this festival of togetherness with great aplomb. Being dressed in traditional Indian dresses is just a cherry on the cake.

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This celebration of age-old traditions has acquired a modern avatar today with crackers being burst almost every evening. Gifting too has become a common way of expressing gratitude and appreciation for families and businesses in a huge way. Lanterns and lamps glitter on streets and in homes. What a sight it is!

This is how we celebrate one of my favorite festivals in India. Really happy to share it with my family at IMD.

Wishing everyone a Happy Diwali!


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