With the entire country diving into festive fervor, television celebs too are gearing up to welcome Diwali 2022 with glitz and glamour. From sharing their childhood memories of bursting crackers and gorging on sweets, as they get nostalgic about the old days, they are also equally excited about making some new memories and having fun. Rajniesh Duggal, who has now ventured into television, Uttaran actor Mrunal Jain, television and Bollywood actress Neelu Kohli, popular TV actress Pranitaa Pandit, and Hiten Paintal discuss Diwali and their plans.
Diwali 2022: Rajniesh Duggal, Uttaran actor Mrunal Jain and other television celebs share their Diwali plans
“Diwali plans this year would be doing the puja and then spending quality time with family and friends here in Mumbai. Diwali for me means victory of good over evil, brightness, and love, the festival of lights, meeting friends, playing cards, and, eating loads of mithai. Since we have our home here in Mumbai, we are always here on Diwali. We do Lakshmi puja in the morning and then go for a nice lunch with friends. Later at night/evening, we do a Ganesh ji and Lakshmi ji puja and light oil diyas and pray for all negativity/darkness to burn and invite positivity and abundance.”
“The best thing this year is that after two years, we are back to celebrating a festival like Diwali like we used to. That gives you a feeling that your life is back to normal. This Diwali I’m going to buy some gold for my family and some gifts as well. Definitely, I’m taking a break from work and going on a family vacation. We will be doing Laxmi pujan and everything. So that is something I’m definitely looking forward to and spending more time with my family. In the times of Covid, you didn’t want to celebrate anything because everyone was battling with life, trying to safeguard themselves. So the meaning of festival definitely feels new and fresh again and like something which was a part of our lives earlier.”
“Diwali for me is extremely important because it is a festival of light and happiness and it's a festival of sharing. So this year I'm going to be in Delhi for Diwali and with my side of the family. I'm very excited to share these moments with Anysha because she will see the celebration of my side of the family for the first time. There’s no celebration alone. So it's like having the whole family come together, sit, eat, play cards, part, and praying at the same time. So all I would always want to wish for her on Diwali is to be with her family. One habit that I would want her to have.”
“Diwali for me is festivities and happiness. There are so many positive vibes, and good food and everything is so bright all around during this time. I will be in Mumbai during Diwali. We do puja, buy something made of gold, then spend some quality time with family. Since childhood, we have been following this tradition of not leaving the house alone on Diwali because that is the day when Maa Lakshmi visits us. So on Diwali, we keep our doors and windows open and light up diyas. My son has just returned, so he will be with us and that’s the biggest gift for me during this time. After Diwali, we all plan to travel.”
“I love all the Indian festivals. I stay in the Lokhandwala complex and it’s decorated so well. The entire vibe is amazing. Everyone is dressed in lovely clothes and we meet and greet each other. For the last two years, due to the pandemic, we didn’t have much to do but before that, we used to have Diwali parties starting a month before Diwali. We used to go to our friend’s place, play cards, and binge on food. This year things are coming back to normal so I am going to be in Mumbai. We don’t follow any rituals as such, just do puja at home and light up diyas and decorate the house very well. There is Diwali cleaning done and we also eat good food.”
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