#SiblingwaliDiwali – The memorable 1990s Diwali Photo Source
Glorious 1990s.. Oh! yeah, it’s been a while since that decade has ended but everything from back then seems so fresh in our memories. Isn’t it? In fact, sometimes the practical side of our persona also gets dominated by the overwhelming blast from the past stored in the other side of the brain. So much so that it seems as if it was just yesterday when we were small and so wanting to become adults. Diwali has always been a special festival. No matter in which part of the world one is, this festival brings the child-like enthusiasm in our mind and heart.
Here are some aspects of 1990s Diwali celebrated along with siblings that make it unforgettable..
#1 Time for New Clothes
Unlike today when there are innumerable online and offline stores for shopping and people buy clothes more often, kids of 1990s together with their siblings would look forward to Diwali for getting new clothes. Mostly, the whole family together would venture to the markets for the shopping spree and it would be a fun but hectic day. Fun because the family would also have the rare stint with eateries situated in the market during this trip. The clothes bought on Diwali were generally the second pair of new clothes in a year apart from the school dress; the first dress of the year would be for the birthday. But just in case if any child of the house secured poor marks in half-yearly exams or tests then the clothes would be bought by the father and the marketing day would not happen as a punishment. As an aftermath of this was an additional point in the sibling rivalry! 😀
#2 Diwali Fire Crackers and their distribution
For most households of the 1990s, fire crackers on Diwali were bought by father of the house for all the siblings as per the budget. Hence, whatever would be the quantity of the crackers, all siblings had to distribute and manage among the same. Sibling fights and the hue & cry around the elder bullying the younger ones for more crackers or vice versa were really common in this decade. Finally, for peacemaking, the mother had to intervene. This could either be a peaceful process or a being-bashed-up-by-mother kind of peacemaking. Much depended on mummy’s mood. What a sweet memory it is! :p
#3 Painting the Pots, Balcony Railings, Diyas & Rangoli
This part of the household cleanliness & decoration was always given to the children. Siblings used to distribute the number of pots and diyas for the same. While painting the pots & balcony railings were a standard job but the entire sense of creativity was tried to emancipate while painting the diyas. True isn’t it! Further for rangoli, there used be two rangolis and so on if there were two sisters in the family or so. It used to be the ultimate clash of the titans.
#4 Relishing the Fragrance of Pakwaan
In 1990s, Diwali was the biggest festival of the year and so the preparation was done on a mega scale. Unlike today when almost everything is bought from sweet shops and convenience stores, moms of yesteryear would start preparing festival special sweet & savory items from at least 15 days prior. Remember those days when you along with sibling would come back home after the evening play time to be welcomed by the fragrance of pakwaan being made by mommy. Heavenly it was!
#5 Getting 11 or 21Rs. from Grandparents
In the present day, grandparents are expected to bring gifts on festivals but back in those days, kids generally used to get a modest amount of money from grandparents but still, the excitement for the same was immense. Ask why and the answer would be because all the siblings used to pool in the money and buy more firecrackers from it. This was done as a top secret mission fro m parents. Well adding to this, do you remember that spoilsport cousin who would refuse to pool in the money!
#6 The Grand 1990s Diwali Lunch & bursting of Fire Crackers!
1990s Diwali meant all the cousins coming together at grandparents house. It certainly wouldn’t be a low key affair cause so many people in the same house meant so much of fun. Sleeping on floors and terraces with lots of chit chat wow we miss it. Then the same old kitchen would turn into a mega kitchen with mummy and all other aunties busy in preparing food stuff and more. Finally on the main Diwali day there would be a grand lunch prepared. Post which in the evening after pooja the fire crackers were burnt. All the kids would light the big firecrackers while the younger ones would try their hands on burning snake, phuljharis & chakris.