Diwali or Dipali Or Deepavali is the festival of lights celebrated by the Hindus all over the world in the last quarter of the year just before the onset of the winters in the northern hemisphere. India being a country with a majority of Hindus is a place to be in during the Diwali celebrations because the zeal and fervor of Diwali celebrations here cannot be witnessed anywhere else in the world. And Delhi is one of the best places in India to witness Diwali festivities. Its here in Delhi where you will see almost every nook and corner of the city beautifully illuminated. Almost every house and building in this city is decorated with lights and some even decorated with beautiful flowers.
According to Hindu mythology Diwali festival is celebrated to commemorate the return of Lord Rama, Sita and Laxman from exile back to Ayodhya. Diwali is celebrated on a full moon night when people illuminate their houses and buildings with diyas, lamps and candles and Goddess Laxmi is worshipped for prosperity. And during the Diwali festival people clean their houses and surroundings and decorate their houses, exchange sweets with their near and dear ones and have fun. Well Diwali has always been my favourite festival too since childhood because the glimpse of illuminated buildings everywhere just uplifts my mood. And then this is also the time when you meet up with your otherwise buzy friends and relatives.
If you want to see the real madness for Diwali then head out to the markets and the shopping malls in Delhi. But beware these are certainly the most crowded places also during this time. But then its here where you get to see the enthusiasm of the people running around doing their last minute shopping for the Diwali festival. People are in mood of festivities so you are surrounded by that cheerful positive aura of celebrations. And then these markets and malls are also the places which are beautifully illuminated and decorated. So I decided to go around Delhi to a few malls and markets to get those festive vibes. Some of these were a real delight for the eyes. I clicked few pics, some of which I am putting in this post. The pics are of Select citywalk mall Saket, Dlf Place mall Saket, South extention market and Ambience Mall Vasant Kunj. Hope you like them....!!