Diwali symbolises the triumph of virtue over vice. And there's no better place to experience good attributes and virtues than Mumbai. Mumbai gleams with fireworks, lights, splendour, glitz and incredible fiesta. Residents of Mumbai go all out in their efforts to illuminate their lives and homes with the Diwali vibe.
However, this Diwali, Mumbaikars wish to celebrate Diwali more responsibly and cautiously. Comprehending that, let us make merry with much care towards the environment in Mumbai, without compromising on the festivities. So, here are ten ways to celebrate Diwali in Mumbai, pleasingly and joyfully.
1. Indulge in delicious sweets
No festival is complete without sweets. And Diwali is one festival when you should let loose and indulge in some of the best flavours Mumbai has to offer. The delicious Gulab Jamun, crispy & jelly Jalebi, coconut Laddoos, and creamy Ras Malai are a few sweets made during Diwali that will compel you to give up your diet. Visit Gokuldas Gathiawala in Dadar, Ramanlal Vithaldas & Co Mewalala or MM Mithaiwala to buy some of the best confectioneries the city has to offer.
2. Go on a shopping spree
With Diwali just around the corner, it is a great time to go on a shopping spree at the best shopping malls and markets in Mumbai for best deals. Diwali is one of the important festivals celebrated in Mumbai, and it is the right occasion to go out with a bang. With plenty of malls and markets, it is a baffling task for Mumbaikars and tourists to find the right place. Nevertheless, you can head to Matunga, Lohar Chawl, Bhuleahwar, Hill Road or Irla market to get the best deal for your desired commodities. Or you can visit some of the best shopping malls like Infinity, Raghuleela, Phoenix and R City to receive jaw-dropping discounts on everything you need. And these places will be decorated in their most beautiful avatar to give you visual pleasure.
3. Experience heritage walk and tours
The bustling city of Mumbai is a story teller's paradise. And each of these stories showcases Mumbai in a different shade. And during Diwali, Mumbai transforms into a paradise. From architecture to history, from food to culture, you will witness Mumbai coming to life in every street you walk by. So put your sneakers on and explore specially curated events and celebrations. For history buffs and thrill-seeking folks, heritage walks and tours are the best way to celebrate Diwali in Mumbai.
4. Enlist yourself in DIY Workshops
Mumbaikars during Diwali, love to light up and decorate their homes with a burst of fall colours. And for these enthusiastic people, there are many DIY workshops in and around Mumbai that will help them with innovative and creative ways of designing diyas, glass art, decoupage and eco-friendly lanterns to adorn their respective houses. DIY workshops are always fun and one of the best ways to learn new hacks in Mumbai.
5. Set your eyes to the sky
Diwali is incomplete without a display of fireworks. From rockets to sky lanterns, Mumbai just erupts with loud sounds and display of colourful extravaganza. You can visit Marine Drive or Charni Road to witness some of the most spectacular display of fireworks. Or take your loved ones for a romantic dinner to a rooftop or sea-facing restaurants to enjoy dinner and see Mumbai Sparkle brighter than ever before.
6. Exercise your photo skills
A walk across the streets of Mumbai will give you an umpteen glimpses of awe and chaos; with lanterns, lamps, fireworks, fairy lights and everything that glows and shines on every balcony or windows and ledge in the city. Be it candid or portraits, Juhu, Bandra, Marine drive, Lohar Chwal are set for you to take some marvellous pictures. Besides the well-lit places, the colours, sparkles and lighting will give you enough natural effects to your snaps that will leave you wanting for more.
7. Do some charity work and help underprivileged kids
You could make a difference this Diwali by choosing to share some valuable time, money and energy by bringing a smile on a kid's face. You could provide them with hope and make them believe in a better future. You could choose to spend your money wisely this festive season by not burning them but rather feeding and helping underprivileged children. After all, Diwali is all about virtues, so why not make your effort count?
8. Compete in Rangoli contests
Besides firecrackers, sweets, pieces of jewellery, and new clothes there is one more popular activity among the Mumbaikars during Diwali and, it is Rangoli. And to uphold this tradition many schools, colleges, communities and housing societies organise Rangoli competition for unknown and aspiring artists. These events witness tens of thousands of people in numbers and is a fun fanfare that helps keep the generational tradition of Diwali alive.
9. Exchanging gifts
Diwali is synonymous with gifts. The idea of exchanging gifts during Diwali is to uplift the feelings of love, togetherness and affection. You can confer your wishes, blessing and heartfelt sentiments to your near and loved ones with gifts. It is not necessary to gift something expensive. You can choose something meaningful rather than a commodity. The tradition of gifting during Diwali is one of the best ways to celebrate Diwali in Mumbai.
10. Be considerate of your environment
It is important to celebrate a festival, but it is a must to give heed to environmental issues. And a celebration is a true celebration if it is gleeful for everyone. Take care of your pets and kids, and also consider your surroundings. You could go greener and cleaner this Diwali rather than loud and pompous. This festival of lights, you could have a minimalistic approach towards loud fireworks and energy-consuming lights, without compromising on the festivities.