Shopping fever grips New Delhi ahead of Diwali
Shopping fever gripped New Delhi, as crowds made a beeline to a festive fair exhibiting candles and earthen lamps ahead of Diwali.
The stalls were lined with designer candles, lampshades wooden furniture, earthen lamps candles, paper craft and stationery, and various other items of home decor, jewellery and clothes.
A designer and an owner of a stall, Akanksha on Thursday (November 08) briefed the mediapersons about her collection and said that she was overwhelmed by the great response of the customers.
"My collection is all about hand weaves and hand woven because I believe in preserving the textiles and heritage of India even though it looks dated, I mean, people think its dated but I still feel my collection is very young. Lot of young girls can sport it and I am trying to get people to wear saris more like even our celebrities on the red carpet. Everything is hand woven, hand printed and it is all done on 'Ahimsa Silk'. So, we basically don not kill the silkworms and the fabric is little softer and it is organic. So, I do lot of printing combining it with lot of borders to give this very contemporary edge and even youngsters can wear sari. That is my message. This is my first time here and the response has been very overwhelming," said Akanksha.
Appealing designer earthen lamps and flower-patterned candles that are lit during this festival lured scores of customers and other visitors to the exhibition.
The fair, which commenced from Monday (November 05) was organised by the Blind Relief Association and would conclude on Saturday (November 11).
One of the visitors, Shreya appreciated the unique variety displayed at the fair.
"You get everything under one roof, at one place you get everything and there is lot of variety. Every time around Diwali you are always excited about Diwali Mela (Fair). You know there is gone be something new. People look forward to Diwali Mela. They come and put up stalls and we know that we will get something new for gifts," said Shreya.
Diwali, which will fall on Tuesday (November 13) this year, is celebrated with great fervour and gaiety all over India as it marks the return of Hindu god Lord Ram to Ayodhya in northern India after he defeated Ravana, the powerful king of Lanka.
Legend says millions of lamps were lit when Lord Ram returned after 14 years of exile in forests and after he defeated Ravana.
Diwali is also celebrated in honour of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. It is believed that goddess Lakshmi, signifying prosperity, showers her blessings upon those homes that are clean and well lit.