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Old November 5th, 2013, 07:39 AM
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Do Indians not care about Diwali anymore?

I have several hundred 'friends' on facebook; probably like most of you. I've noticed that several US-based friends have posted colorful Diwali pics of their family dressed in Indian outfits and bursting fireworks. Almost all of the active US-based fb users posted Happy Diwali wishes in their status update.

Only 3 India-based Indians posted Diwali pics. Out of the 3, one is a Parsi and one is Christian. Very few Diwali status updates from India. If I look at some of the folks fb profile, they have several pics of themselves, but none with their family or kids or home. Did nobody in India care about Diwali anymore?

Questions for folks in India:
Did you do anything special and memorable during Diwali?
Did you put up Diwali decorations around the house?
How many spend time with children and family?
Did you create a rangoli around the house?
Did you prepare special sweets and meals?

Just curious if it was just another day for most Indians.
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Old November 5th, 2013, 07:46 AM
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Re: Do Indians not care about Diwali anymore?

They are physically enjoying with family and friends, no time for cyber celebrations. Calling each other in the rudimentary way - phone call. Speaking from experience now that I have moved back to India for good.
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Old November 5th, 2013, 07:47 AM
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Re: Do Indians not care about Diwali anymore?

I think festivals are history in India.There were not much celebrations like it used to be few years ago.Not sure if this was only in Mumbai but the festive mood was missing almost everywhere.
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Old November 5th, 2013, 08:02 AM
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Re: Do Indians not care about Diwali anymore?

My parents sent me a picture of their neighbor kids in Delhi celebrating Halloween.. now who will celebrate Diwali over Halloween.. Hindu culture and India are doomed, I say.. American culture is taking over India slowly but surely. Speaking Hindi in public places is strict no-no and almost a crime, especially in North India, people speak broken and incorrect grammar but speaking in English and showing off is a matter of paramount importance.

Desis abroad (married family folks) celebrate most festivals with fervor as it requires effort, and you have to create an environment for your kids.
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Old November 5th, 2013, 08:17 AM
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Re: Do Indians not care about Diwali anymore?

I am leaning towards what Pratiksha is saying. Most of my family got together for Diwali back home. So, they don't really need to share with other family members what they did. Here its a different story as we are all living far away from each other.

I agree with sarvi too, I had a blast cooking and decorating with the help of my LO.
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Re: Do Indians not care about Diwali anymore?

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They are physically enjoying with family and friends, no time for cyber celebrations. Calling each other in the rudimentary way - phone call. Speaking from experience now that I have moved back to India for good.
I was expecting this answer...no time for facebook or no time to share private / personal celebration...blah blah!

With all the maids and servants picking up after the Indians, why do Indians not have the time? Karte kya hain?

During Christmas time, it is really festive in Cincinnati. Downtown Cincy looks fabulous. Families light up their houses and update family pics. In fact, they mail out a customized family postcard to their friends and relatives. They put up Christmas trees...even decorate their office desks.

It's very lively and festive here during Christmas season. For some reason, I don't think India has the same vibe during Diwali. I've worked in Indian companies too. I feel Indians don't seem to care....
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Old November 5th, 2013, 08:35 AM
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My parents sent me a picture of their neighbor kids in Delhi celebrating Halloween.. now who will celebrate Diwali over Halloween.. Hindu culture and India are doomed, I say.. American culture is taking over India slowly but surely. Speaking Hindi in public places is strict no-no and almost a crime, especially in North India, people speak broken and incorrect grammar but speaking in English and showing off is a matter of paramount importance.

Desis abroad (married family folks) celebrate most festivals with fervor as it requires effort, and you have to create an environment for your kids.
Halloween in India?? Why? Next thing you know, Indians will be celebrating Thanksgiving and July 4th.
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I was expecting this answer...no time for facebook or no time to share private / personal celebration...blah blah!

With all the maids and servants picking up after the Indians, why do Indians not have the time? Karte kya hain?

During Christmas time, it is really festive in Cincinnati. Downtown Cincy looks fabulous. Families light up their houses and update family pics. In fact, they mail out a customized family postcard to their friends and relatives. They put up Christmas trees...even decorate their office desks.

It's very lively and festive here during Christmas season. For some reason, I don't think India has the same vibe during Diwali. I've worked in Indian companies too. I feel Indians don't seem to care....
dont mind me asking, but where did you live in India.. ? South Indians of course don't celebrate Diwali all that much.. Diwali in Bangalore, Mysore and Chennai were such dam squibs the few years I spent down south.

Having spoken about Halloween in this thread sarcastically.. even these days (years) whole of North India is buzzing with Diwali, shopping is on in full swing, there is ram leela going on in the main markets, sweet shops are laden with all sorts of sweet meats and packed with people.. my parents just spent 2 full days meeting friends and family all over Delhi, NCR..

A relative of mine in Punjab hired a professional fireworks person (spent over a lakh on it) from Aligarh to have a spectacular fireworks show for his joint family and friends.

Diwali is here to stay but western festivals/ american culture are becoming somewhat popular.. living abroad for too long puts you in a cocoon.. all we know abt India is from hearing some things and reading online papers, not actually experiencing it.

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Halloween in India?? Why? Next thing you know, Indians will be celebrating Thanksgiving and July 4th.
well, valentines day made its way and so did mothers day. Why not Halloween? Let kids have some fun.
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dont mind me asking, but where did you live in India.. ? South Indians of course don't celebrate Diwali all that much.. Diwali in Bangalore, Mysore and Chennai were such dam squibs the few years I spent down south.

Having spoken about Halloween in this thread sarcastically.. even these days (years) whole of North India is buzzing with Diwali, shopping is on in full swing, there is ram leela going on in the main markets, sweet shops are laden with all sorts of sweet meats and packed with people.. my parents just spent 2 full days meeting friends and family all over Delhi, NCR..

A relative of mine in Punjab hired a professional fireworks person (spent over a lakh on it) from Aligarh to have a spectacular fireworks show for his joint family and friends.
I'm from Gujarat...my friends are very well-to-do folks living in Surat, Mumbai, Baroda. These guys are multimillionaires and I'm sure they are partying during Diwali. But they don't post any pics. However, when they go to Europe/US for vacation, which is probably once or twice a year, they barrage fb with pics. So, it's not like they are shy or private. I can't understand the mindset.
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Halloween in India?? Why? Next thing you know, Indians will be celebrating Thanksgiving and July 4th.
Christian missionary schools had them celebrating halloween..

all proud and elite Indians are convent educated.. dont you know yaar? this is even stated in the matrimonials.. seeking doctor groom for convent educated girl..

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I'm from Gujarat...my friends are very well-to-do folks living in Surat, Mumbai, Baroda. These guys are multimillionaires and I'm sure they are partying during Diwali. But they don't post any pics. However, when they go to Europe/US for vacation, which is probably once or twice a year, they barrage fb with pics. So, it's not like they are shy or private. I can't understand the mindset.
now this is inexplicable..
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I think festivals are history in India.There were not much celebrations like it used to be few years ago.Not sure if this was only in Mumbai but the festive mood was missing almost everywhere.
I do not agree ..I see the same craze as always in Diwali Here in north India ...we did pooja , called friends , replied to greetings smses , visting friends and xchanged gifts and burst crackers ..however, I believe in enjoying the moment and do not prefer to take pics and even if I take them , hate sharing it on FB ...I also see this tendency in my abroad-based friends of positing too many pics of festivals and small random day to ay events ..
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I do not agree ..I see the same craze as always in Diwali Here in north India ...we did pooja , called friends , replied to greetings smses , visting friends and xchanged gifts and burst crackers ..however, I believe in enjoying the moment and do not prefer to take pics and even if I take them , hate sharing it on FB ...I also see this tendency in my abroad-based friends of positing too many pics of festivals and small random day to ay events ..
Is Diwali a random event?
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Indians celebrate Valentines day and Christmas...more. maybe.
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Is Diwali a random event?
It sure is.. it does not have a fixed date.. sometimes oct.. sometimes nov..sometimes first weak sometimes last.. sometimes on 3rd and then on 17th or you choose a date and there is every chance it falls on that date (or not)..

Is that not the very definition of Random?
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