30 Wonderful Things That Happen Every Diwali
Enjoy the festival of lights while it lasts... Because tomorrow you'll be stuffed from the sweets, broke from the gambling, and hungover from everything else.
You're awoken by fireworks at the crack of dawn.
You're angry for a second, but then glad to know that for some champion somewhere, the party started at 4am.
You clean your entire house and then marvel at it because it hasn't looked this good in... Well, a year.
You slip into brand new clothes and get dolled up. Any excuse to look fly is a good excuse to look fly.
And it's nice to see everyone around you looking presentable for once, too.
So many poojas means so much prasad.
The spirit of charity in the air compels everyone to give presents to everyone.
If you're lucky, you get a bonus from work... Or from Goddess Lakshmi. Who knows?
But it means you get to go shopping. With ridiculous diwali discounts.
You receive texts all day from friends and family, old and new, wishing you happiness and prosperity.
(In the process, your inbox turns into a repository of some particularly hilarious mass texts.)
And you have an excuse to send good wishes to everyone you care about, too.
You stuff your face with sweets all day, guilt-free. Can't defy tradition, bro, pass the laddoos.
Every doorstep is decorated with beautiful, colorful rangoli.
... Okay, even if it doesn't last long, it's great while it's there.
When the sun sets, your home glows from the light of hundreds of diyas.
Seriously, every street is an Instagrammer's dream.
You have multiple reunions with friends and family all day.
(Even the friends you don't remember and the family you didn't know you were related to.)
Everyone's celebrations start differently.
But at some point in the night, someone breaks out the cards and the gambling begins.
At which point everyone goes broke except the dadis and nanis, whose years of experience make them expert gamblers.
This goes without saying, but... FIREWORKS!
You try to write your name with sparklers.
And you jump unscathed in the radius of every chakri, feeling like superhero.
You stare, mesmerised, at anars, which are basically fire trees a.k.a. the coolest thing in the world.
And, if you're a real daredevil, you set off these guys and run for your life.
At some point, someone might relay that story about Ram coming home after fourteen years of exile and what not.
But you'll be too busy standing on a roof with your best friends and family...
Watching your hometown sparkle all night.
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