Dawn to Dusk: Diwali Rituals Every Indian Family Follows


Diwali is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and zeal. It’s not just celebrated in India – people living abroad also celebrate Diwali with a lot of enthusiasm. But do you know what the rituals are? There are different rituals that every Indian family follows on Diwali day. It starts in the morning and then ends in the wee hours of the night.

Families get Diwali sweet gift boxes for their loved ones. They also keep sweets and snacks to serve for guests who come to their house. Well, now that you’re here, let us give you a sneak peek of the rituals you can follow on Diwali day. Dive into this post to find out more.

What is Diwali? 

Diwali is the festival of lights where families gather, eat good food, burst crackers, and visit their loved ones. Diwali is also when people pray to Goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesha. In some cultures, Diwali night is also when they worship Goddess Kali.

Today, everyone in India celebrates Diwali regardless of their religion. But it is a Hindu festival. It doesn’t stop other religions from celebrating the festival. The bursting of crackers is not allowed in some cities and neighborhoods, but people still make it a point to light up a rocket or Phooljhadi. But nobody stops people from enjoying sweets and cooking delicious snacks for guests and the whole family.

Diwali is also celebrated in offices, schools, and colleges. Even though crackers are not allowed, people still gift each other sweet treats and play games. It’s a fun time for families, office-goers, and friends.

The festival also signifies the victory of good over evil. It is believed that evil never wins, and those who are good are always victorious.

Diwali Rituals You Should Follow 

Shopping For Your Home and Family

The first Diwali ritual is to shop for fairy lights, sweets, snacks, crackers, and other gifts. You may also need to shop for pooja materials. If you do not have Goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesh idols, you must get them too for the house. Don’t forget to add rangoli colors to the list.

Some people also purchase silver and gold before Diwali. It is an auspicious time to purchase gold jewelry. Diwali is also a good time to purchase a new house. You may look at some new housing options if you have the budget. Diwali is the best time for new purchases.


Take a bath early in the morning and prepare yourself to make a rangoli. You can make a rangoli using different colors. These days, you get rangoli stickers, too, that are easy to stick. You may find rangoli designs online, so use them to create a wonderful rangoli outside the entrance or inside the house. You will get eco-friendly rangoli colors, too.

Hindus make a rangoli outside their house to welcome Goddess Laxmi in the evening. It is believed that Goddess Laxmi visits every house after the evening pooja.  

Lighting Up Diyas and Lamps

The Diwali festival is incomplete without lighting up diyas and lamps. You can purchase diyas from the market or get lamps online. People also put fairy lights on their balconies or all over the house’s exterior. The house looks like a bride on Diwali night.

These days, you will also get ornamental lights and scented diyas that look beautiful. You can go shopping and find the best ones for your house.

Laxmi and Ganesha Pooja at Home

Diwali is all about spending good time with family members and friends, but you also need to kick-start the festival with a Laxmi and Ganesha pooja at home. It’s an auspicious occasion, so the pooja is a must.

When performing the pooja, you have to offer a variety of sweets and fruits and light up a diya to pray to Goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesha. Invite them to bless the house and fill your life with happiness and wealth.

Visiting Houses With Gifts

Diwali is an auspicious time to visit your friends and family. Purchase sweets boxes in bulk and gift them to your loved ones. Diwali is all about spreading cheer and giving sweet treats to everyone.

Besides sweet treats, you can give other gifts to your loved ones, such as Ganesha or Laxmi idols, diyas, scented candles, etc.

Summing Up 

Bestowing gifts, spending time with family members, and doing a Ganesha and Laxmi pooja are some basic rituals you should follow. Don’t forget to light up your house (exterior and interior).

Celebrate the festival of lights with enthusiasm and dedication.


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