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    26 Pictures That Beautifully Sum Up The Spirit Of Diwali

    Happy Diwali!

    Diwali, or the festival of lights, is celebrated by more than a billion people around the world. It epitomises the victory of good over evil and its arrival is fervently anticipated every year, especially during a rather dark year such as this one.

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    It starts with cleaning every nook and cranny of the house — something that desi parents eagerly look forward to.

    This is when Indian kids channel their inner Monica Geller.

    Then comes the shopping — right from purchasing festive decorations for the house to thoughtful gifts for loved ones.

    Can't really blame people for shopping way too much when the display is this colourful and pretty.

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    Brb, bidding adieu to my Diwali bonus. (Jk. I didn't get a bonus 😢)

    'Tis the season to flaunt your rangoli making skills because why should the HR department have all the fun?

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    It's also the day to doll up our homes with diyas, candles, and fairy lights because our living spaces deserve some pampering as well.

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    It's the time for offering prayers or pooja, which for desi kids, is synonymous with prasad.

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    It's also the time to look snatched in your best outfit, with your makeup on point. A picture with diyas is mandatory, of course!

    Since everyone feels a little too generous during Diwali, it's also the day of exchanging gifts and playing cards.

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    Tbh, when it comes to gifts, it's usually one box of kaju katlis that is passed around from one family to the other. Followed by WhatsApp forwards.

    It's also the day of sparklers and rockets — right from writing your name with a phuljhadi to running for safety after lighting an anaar — because nothing spells celebration like fireworks.

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    PSA: Cities like Delhi are currently reporting a 'severe' to 'very poor' AQI (Air Quality Index) and firecrackers have been banned in several pollution-hit states.

    MOST IMPORTANTLY: It is a day of eating because there's just so much food to chomp on.

    And SO MANY sweets!

    It's a day of experiencing unbridled joy as you see people forgetting their differences and coming together to celebrate.

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    Diwali is also a time full of smiles as you watch your city all decked up like a bride.

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    It truly is a global festival! Happy Diwali :)

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