Diwali in Pune

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Hi there!

We're going to spend Diwali in Pune, and I'd like to know what to expect? It's my first time in India at all!
Is there some special place to go, or something that I just must not miss? Or is it more about strolling around, buying new stuff, and then have home celebrations?

I'm staying at a friends place, but they are living there only for some months now, so not too much experience with this special festival from their side

I really appreciate your thoughts!
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if they (your friends) are hindus, then you may expect some sort of celebrations. Celebration can be categorized as praying to the goddess lakshmi, lighting lamps all over the home, or stringing electric lights, cooking and eating, bursting crackers and other assorted fireworks.

pune has been seeing some heavy rains for the past few days/months, so not sure how diwali days are going to turn out.

If you go walking about in the town, hindu areas of the town will wear a festive look ( same activities as mentioned above). Watch out for crackers, as they are set off on the main roads and lanes. Wear cotton clothes for the walk-about.

If you want a very traditional diwali, gather up some til oil, wake up at 4AM, apply said oil allover yourself, wait or 30 minutes or so, and have a good bath, from top to bottom. Participate in prayers, share the sweets, and wear new clothes. And in the evening, help light up the diyas/lamps. Crackers, while not traditional, are now part of the celebrations.

If you want, you could go to the nearest temple and see what they do. In the evenings, some temples do set up diyas/lamps all over.

If your friends are not hindus, then see if they have some hindu friends.

No gifting is expected, but you could buy sweets, which is generally okay.

Be happy
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Hi Ferry,

Glad you are spending Diwali in Pune.

You can think of Diwali as Christmas in Europe or Americas......it is primarily a festival where families, neighbors and friends come together to celebrate togetherness, companionship and all that is holy. So the best thing would be to get yourself invited to a family celebrating Diwali.

Failing which, you can soak up the atmosphere in the city and get carried in the festivities and "stroll about, buying new stuff and celebrate" as this is pretty much the biggest holiday we have. Try to enjoy the fireworks, decoration lights, foods and the general festive atmosphere,,,I'm sure you will get into the spirit of things pretty fast!
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i keep saying crackers, i don't mean the ones you eat with cheese, i mean the ones that make very loud noise or lot of light. or lots of smoke, or all of the above.. need to keep reminding myself, that i am to always mind my words, some of them have multiple meanings.
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Hi ferry,

If you wish to experience semi traditional Diwali you have an open invitation from me…. As mentioned by adam00121 tradition Diwali has much more with all the rituals & prayers which now days very gone to minimal, but apart from that we all enjoy Diwali with family & relatives visiting our place and many more activities…

Invitation is open if you wish to Join…

Kind Regards,
Shanki.
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Hello all,

thanks for the interesting informations!

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Originally Posted by adam00121 View Post if they (your friends) are hindus, then you may expect some sort of celebrations. Celebration can be categorized as praying to the goddess lakshmi, lighting lamps all over the home, or stringing electric lights, cooking and eating, bursting crackers and other assorted fireworks.

If you want, you could go to the nearest temple and see what they do. In the evenings, some temples do set up diyas/lamps all over.

If your friends are not hindus, then see if they have some hindu friends.
My friends friend is hindu, but his family is in another part of India. So I'm not sure if we will have a traditional celebration, but he's so kind, I'm sure he will set up something special for us

Going to the temples would be a good idea. I'm already excited about the lamps and generell spirit around! Crackers (without cheese) we will know to avoid, here in Spain they are all crazy about fires and crackers too

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Originally Posted by metalmann View Post Hi Ferry,
Try to enjoy the fireworks, decoration lights, foods and the general festive atmosphere,,,I'm sure you will get into the spirit of things pretty fast!
Any special foods? I know about the sweets, yumm! Is there something else special for Diwali?

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Originally Posted by Methodix_Climber View Post Hi ferry,

If you wish to experience semi traditional Diwali you have an open invitation from me….
Shanki, it is so kind to invite us! Thank you very much!
I will keep you updated if we find the time to accept it, since I don't know my friends plans!
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Hi Ferry,

Thanks for accepting my invitation (Provided you have time) . As per my knowledge & what my MOM prepares, there are minimum 4-5 traditional Home made Sweets. We do keep lamps which are traditionally made out of clay with in the premises of house....

Kind Regards,
Shanki.
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Originally Posted by ferry View Post Hello all,

thanks for the interesting informations!



My friends friend is hindu, but his family is in another part of India. So I'm not sure if we will have a traditional celebration, but he's so kind, I'm sure he will set up something special for us

Going to the temples would be a good idea. I'm already excited about the lamps and generell spirit around! Crackers (without cheese) we will know to avoid, here in Spain they are all crazy about fires and crackers too


Any special foods? I know about the sweets, yumm! Is there something else special for Diwali?


Shanki, it is so kind to invite us! Thank you very much!
I will keep you updated if we find the time to accept it, since I don't know my friends plans!
Well you are going to witness lot of firecrackers...Infact you should go around places and you will see some real stunts where firecrackers are setting off in the street and people passing by those streets...I wouldn't be lying if i'd diwali is more about firecrackers than anything else...You should be amazed that how we have mastered the skill of setting fireworks in the middle of the town while not burning the houses nearby you
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Haha, I definitely packed some pairs of ear plugs..
Leaving tomorrow, yaaay!!!

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