Diwali Gift Ideas for the Festival of Lights

DIWALI-The Festival of Lights (Uploaded on July 11, 2006 by dhondusaxena)
DIWALI-The Festival of Lights (Uploaded on July 11, 2006 by dhondusaxena)

Diwali gift ideas for the Festival of Lights in India this October! This was brought about by my friend on Facebook, Shailesh Gohil, a fellow seafarer. He told me about the Navratri Festival this month (about the triumph of a goddess over evils for 10 days). While we chatted, I brought up about any 'gift ideas' this month. He immediately answered 'sweets'. He also promised to post some photos of the festivals on his FB account and the sweets he promised to show me.

I also shared with him that one of the best HubMobsters to date came from India, soni2006 (with all the awards she received during the previous HubMob contest). He told me that he'll try being a member of Hubpages virtual writing community, soon.

Meanwhile, I cannot wait for his promise so I browsed at the Diwali net site and some gift ideas they're proposing this year. During the celebration, children are most happy and eagerly participated in many activities plus the lure of having gifts, like toys, sweets and children's presents.

I told Shailesh that it's like an October 'Christmas' in India, where most people follow Hinduism. I can see the similarities of the celebration due to the colorful paper lanterns that adorn theirs houses a during late September and early October every year. It will be extended on November this year due to the lunar calendar.

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Rangoli, decorations made from colored powder, is popular during Diwali (Photo by Subharnab Majumdar)Diwali lantern - Photo taken by Bdwolverine87 (9November2009)Made from Bamboo, and fixed with starch, thread, the traditional Indian lanterns are in great demand, especially during the festival of Diwali. (Photo take by Prashant Pardeshi 16Oct2008)
Rangoli, decorations made from colored powder, is popular during Diwali (Photo by Subharnab Majumdar)
Rangoli, decorations made from colored powder, is popular during Diwali (Photo by Subharnab Majumdar)
Diwali lantern - Photo taken by Bdwolverine87 (9November2009)
Diwali lantern - Photo taken by Bdwolverine87 (9November2009)
Made from Bamboo, and fixed with starch, thread, the traditional Indian lanterns are in great demand, especially during the festival of Diwali. (Photo take by Prashant Pardeshi 16Oct2008)
Made from Bamboo, and fixed with starch, thread, the traditional Indian lanterns are in great demand, especially during the festival of Diwali. (Photo take by Prashant Pardeshi 16Oct2008)

Possible Diwali gifts this year

Since "Festival of Lights" is not solely celebrated by Hindus (as Jews also celebrate it every year), it will be accompanied by gifts, whether it is perishable or not. The gifts are well-thought of, even the wrappings signify meaning among the givers and receivers, young and old. Happiness of children are both infectious and shallow, so a little money and prepared local sweets are most alluring to them, according to my Indian friend Shailesh.

So, if you happen to participate in the festival, this will be your guide to buy a gift for your loved ones.

  1. Sweets - This is the most common to every celebration. Better discover the local delicacies in India while enjoying the festivities.
  2. Diwali Gift Hampers - is like an all-in-one gift, consisting of sweets-chocolates, etc-, dry fruits, Lord Ganesha statue, and others.
  3. Dry Fruits - like prunes (dried grapes), dates, are a delight to accompany the coming of winter during the Diwali.
  4. Decorative Pieces - is also a come-on; where most local artisans participated in making treasured gifts for the people.
  5. Cookwares - mostly silverware are adored by most wives who partake in the celebration as either a loving host or a cheerer to her children and husband.
  6. Jewelry gifts - especially diamonds are explicitly wanted by most women.
  7. Ganesh gifts - particularly his statue will surely delight the home of the receiver.

There are other modern gifts that attract most of the youth, like gadgets, computer and all. The parents should prepare for this occasion because it centers in finding 'inner peace' among the believers.

The similarities between Diwali and Christmas are so close that gift-giving is the most awaited part by the children during the early morning.

Diwali - Festival of Lights c/o NationalGeographic

Diwali celebrations in other parts of the world

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Diwali celebrations in Coventry, United Kingdom. (Photo taken by Satinder Singh)Deepavali (DIWALI)at Little India, Singapore (Photo taken by Sengkang in Oct 2006.)Mendhi on women or hand painting during Diwali (Photo credit :Siqbal)
Diwali celebrations in Coventry, United Kingdom. (Photo taken by Satinder Singh)
Diwali celebrations in Coventry, United Kingdom. (Photo taken by Satinder Singh)
Deepavali (DIWALI)at Little India, Singapore (Photo taken by Sengkang in Oct 2006.)
Deepavali (DIWALI)at Little India, Singapore (Photo taken by Sengkang in Oct 2006.)
Mendhi on women or hand painting during Diwali (Photo credit :Siqbal)
Mendhi on women or hand painting during Diwali (Photo credit :Siqbal)

Happy Diwali song - Home Delivery c/o erosentertainment

Diwali in the Philippines

The Indian community in the country celebrates Diwali coinciding the festivities in mainland India. The triumph of good against evil is the essence of the celebration.

The festival centers on the family with the adornment of merriment...the firecrackers, lavish gifts, delicious foods, street fairs, prayers and music.

Filipino-Indians and other Hindus believed that it is the wedding of Lord Vishnu and Lakhsmi.

In Bengal, they believed that it is the time of worship for the goddess of force, Ina Keli. It is the hour of cleaning houses, purifying souls and celebrate it for a good harvest.

Philippines "DIWALI" c/o tejaa18

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minesgm 5 years ago from Texas

Great guide about giving gifts for those people celebrating this particular occasion. Awesome hub.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks, minesgm. The culminating activity of Diwali will happen on early November this year. Filipino-Indians also celebrate it, particularly in Manila.


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triosol 5 years ago

Very Useful Tips. Great Hub.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks, triosol. It's been a pleasure having you here.


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reversecharles 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

thanks for the awesome post on the culture of India. As a Christian man I think it is so important to know about other cultures and faiths to become a more well rounded person and not like the "stereotypical" believer. One day I'll get to India and be more informed for it.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Respect is what we need in this world in order to understand each other, including religion. I want friends from other countries and it happened that this hub is dedicated to one of my Indian friends, Shailesh, who continue giving me different information about her beloved India.

Thanks for the hub-visit, Charles.


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Manasidas 5 years ago from Kolkata

Hi this is a great hub u have written and thanks for your valuable tips. If you want to know more about diwali and its history then you can also visit this page that i have wrote.

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/The-Great-...


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks for appreciating, Manasidas. I'll check it in a jiffy.


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MythiliK 5 years ago from India --> Switzerland

Great work travel_man1971 and I really need to appreciate your love and patience to learn others culture. Because, lots of people won't like to learn about others culture simply bcoz they need time and effort to understand.

Appreciate you :-)


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks, MythiliK...even before Christians came to the Philippines, Hinduism is the prime belief in the far east. I want to learn about other cultures, too, because that's the only way I can understand other people and make peace with them.


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earthbound1974 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Great hub, travel man. It's like the scene during our New year's celebration.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Yes. It's very much alike. Thanks, earthbound!


saumil joshi 5 years ago

The Diwali festival season is a very special time of the year, Diwali Gifts are perhaps the most awaited aspect of Diwali celebrations. Infibeam.com - Online Shopping Portal of India has Exclusive Diwali Gifts store which offers diwali sweets, dry fruits, diyas, candles, Pooja thalis, coins, idols, gift hampers & more diwali gifts at lowest price ever!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@saumil joshi: Thanks for a more concrete overview of this festival.


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

I like "Rangoli, decorations made from colored powder"...so pretty! Your friend takes really great pictures!


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@iamaudraleigh: Thanks for appreciating . Yes, I am indebted with them as they contributed much on this hub.

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