Diwali 2018: Where to shop this festival of lights?

New Delhi: If you are a Delhiite, the oncoming of Diwali is one of the biggest events in your life every year. With busy and colourful products lining up the streets and brightening up the market places, the festival of lights brings about a lot of happiness and hues into our lives.

Along with all the joy in perceiving the beautiful items on sale, comes the lustful desire to possess them. Hence, every year shopping for Diwali becomes a major yet enjoyable task. It’s not just new garmets, and diyas, but the huge list of gifts that you’ve to give to your dear one, and of course the tiny knick knack home decor items.

Here are the top five Diwali markets in the national capital. Hurry up and visit the nearest ones before the stock’s over!

The Festival of Lights

Brighten up your homes with skillfully crafted products from all over the country you’ll find at this fair — a confluence of more than 135 different craft groups and artisans. A shopper paradise, The Festival of Lights have a wide range of lamps and lightings, metal crafts, carved furniture & decorative products, pottery & ceramics, basketry & fiber crafts, leather products, traditional paintings, a variety of hand-woven, embroidered, block printed textiles, lifestyle accessories, silver jewellery and adornments and much more from every corner of the country.

Dastkar, a private not-for-profit NGO, works to support traditional Indian craftspeople, with the objective of helping craftspeople regain their place in the economic mainstream. Started in 1981, Dastkar affects the lives of more than 1 lakh artisans every year working with over 600 crafts groups across 29 India States.

The bazaars and exhibitions provide craftspeople with exposure and direct interaction with the urban customers, enabling them to gauge market trends and customer demands for themselves.

Where: Nature Bazaar, Kisan Haat, Andheria Modh, Anuvrat Marg, Desu colony

When: October 20 to November 1

Timing: 11am to 7pm

Blind School Diwali Bazaar

This bazaar houses over 250 stalls of local vendors exhibiting an selling a wide range of attractive traditional crafts, designer wear, home decor, gardening material among various other diverse gift items. The prime attraction of the bazaar is the candles, diyas, paper and cloth products made by the visually challenged trainees and workers of the Blind Relief Association. The bazaar has also provided free space for NGOs to sell the products and educate the public about their services.

Special attraction: Relaxation massage center by visually challenged masseurs trained at the Association.

Where: Blind School Relief Association, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Near Oberoi Hotel

When: October 29 to November 4

Timing: 10am to 8pm

Sunder Nagar Diwali Mela

For over half a century, Sunder Nagar has all it takes to be the most talked about mela in the city. A contagious festive air is set up every year right ahead of Diwali with some of the most things to look forward to at the mela. Handicrafts, jewellery, clothes, bags, colourful floating candles, diyas and other knick-knacks can be found in abundance.

Where: Sunder Nagar Colony Park, Near Delhi Public School

When: November 3-4

Timing: 4:30 pm to 10 pm

Purani Dilli

What’s Diwali without some fancy lighting? And if you are a fan of pretty lights and lighting products, Old Delhi is the place to visit. Brighten up your Diwali with some amazing lighting items, beautiful fairy lights and lights boards, pipe lights, and different LED lights at reasonable rates from this market. If you can bargain, this is probably heaven for you.

Epicentre Diwali Mela

Representative Photo: AP /Rafiq Maqbool

The host to India’s first ever Transformers Cosplay Mania, the entry to the fair is free, but tickets for the play need to be purchased separately. There are a lot of other cultural and dance events to enjoy along with a special painting workshop. Furthermore, there’ll shopping, food and a stall for homemade chocolates and cakes too.

Where: Epicentre, Apparel House, Gurgaon Sector 44

When: November 2-4

Timing: 11am to 8 pm

Dilli Haat mela

Dilli Haat also hosts an extremely popular Diwali mela every year, other than being the already famous destination for handicrafts and traditional garments. Around this time some interesting cultural performances are also held here to set the mood of this Diwali mela.

Where: Dilli Haat
When: November 2-4