New Delhi [India]October 24 (ANI): Diwali, the auspicious festival of lights, seems to be truly happy for almost everyone as they prepare to celebrate the occasion.
To mark the festival and feel the mood, people decorate their homes with light and colorful rangolis and flowers. These colorful flowers beautify homes and offices wherever they are placed.
Although people are seeing inflation and rising prices, people are still thronging to the flower mandi in Ghazipur, the national capital, to buy flowers.
After the spike in flower prices on Monday, Marigolds now cost Rs 400-800 per bundle, Chrysanthemums at the rate of Rs 300 per bundle, Lotuses and Bamboos are for Rs 300 each and Rose is also around Rs 300-400 per kg. Each bouquet of flowers is composed of 20 garlands.
One of the customers here, Hemant Dikshit, said the price of flowers has gone up slightly this Diwali compared to last year and called it an “interesting ride”.
A trader with lotus flowers, Dhanprakash, said that although he suffered huge losses in the previous days, the Diwali sale was surprisingly good.
“I am a farmer and I sell my flowers in this Mandi. This year, the lotus is expensive, and its yield has also increased. After the Covid, the market this year is full of customers. We didn’t even think such a benefit would be used,” he said.
A farmer from Muzaffarnagar, Naresh said he got a ‘nice sum’ by selling all his marigolds, another farmer said he couldn’t get much benefit as he had to pay for maintenance in a cold store.
“I had put my flowers in the cold room because of the bad weather, but today when I sold them, I could not benefit from many advantages because we had to pay for the maintenance in the cold room” , did he declare.
Meanwhile, trader Praveen Kumar said it was the first time since Covid that the market had opened freely and people had come in to make a purchase.
“In my shop, there are a variety of flowers. After covid the market was free for the first time and people come to buy them too. Compared to the business of the past two years, this year’s business is much better,” said Praveen Kumar.
Every year Hindus, Jains and Sikhs all celebrate Diwali to symbolize the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and joy over despair.
Deepavali, known as the festival of lights, is celebrated with great fanfare across the country. People perform pujas, observe rituals, decorate their homes with diyas, rangoli, ornaments and lights, enjoy delicious sweets and meals, dress up in new traditional outfits, and more.
Hindu mythology states that Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya on Diwali after killing Ravana and spending 14 years in exile. People make wishes of health, wealth and prosperity to gods Lakshmi, Ganesh and Kubera as part of the festival of lights.
Due to the Solar Eclipse on October 25, 2022, Chhoti Diwali and Badi Diwali will be celebrated on the same day i.e. Monday, October 24, 2022 in some parts of the world.
The festival is observed during the Hindu luni-solar month of Kartika and usually lasts for five or six days in some parts of India. The Lakshmi puja muhurat will start at 6:53 p.m. and end at 8:15 p.m. on October 24. Also, the Amavasya tithi will last from 5:27 p.m. on October 24 to 4:18 p.m. on October 25. (ANI)
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