Exchange of presents are followed by pujas (prayer ceremonies) of Hindu deities like Ganesh, the elephant headed god and goddess Laxmi, the bringer of wealth and prosperity. Countless lanterns and trails of clay lamps or diyas are placed inside the houses along with decorations with flowers and fairy lights. The night sky lights up with beautiful streaks of colourful fireworks as everyone moves outdoors to celebrate the auspicious night.
The Rajasthani Diwali celebration is indeed a royal one, with more exciting elements to add to the night. The open-air bonfire sets the mood for a gastronomical adventure at the round table dinner with all the guests. Special Indian delicacies are served right from the blazing hearth. The night gets exciting with music and instruments that invites you into fun-filled dancing with the crowd. End the night with realising hundreds of sky lanterns in the air and watch it converge into the dazzling display of fireworks.
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