#TheHeritageLife: Diwali

Diwali has always been a homely affair for my family, my grandmother being the most enthusiastic of all. She ensured that all of us got up early and had a bath with Utna (a herbal scrub) and oil on the day of Narak Chaturdashi. On this day, we also smash a Karit (a bitter fruit) with our feet. This symbolises the victory of Lord Krishna over Narakasura and of good over evil. Earlier we would make sweets at home but nowadays we get them from outside. A traditional lantern made of sticks and coloured paper is hung every year adding to the colours of this festival. Also, how can I forget meeting relatives on the day of Lakshmi Poojan. The exchange of gifts and sweets is everything that Diwali is about!

- Our Heritage evangelist Siddhartha Fondekar on how his family maintains Diwali traditions.