The festival of lights is here and with it, the time for grand celebrations, parties and fetes. The latter, in particular, are a major attraction each year in the days leading up to Diwali.
Organised by cultural organisations, NGOs and even residential communities, these melas are popular amongst Dilliwallas. Here’s a lowdown on some melas that are taking place this year.
Blind Relief Association Diwali Bazaar
This year, this highly popular fete will feature more than 200 stalls by various NGOs displaying 70 varieties of candles, paper craft and stationery, carry bags, home décor and jewellery. “There are various artisans, designers and boutiques displaying their goods. A food court with specialties like Rajasthani, continental and South Indian cuisines has been specially put up to give a different flavour to this mela,” says KC Pandey, executive secretary, Blind Relief Association, adding, “We’ve put up a massage centre run by the blind school students.”
Where: Blind Relief Association, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg (near
The Oberoi hotel)
When: October 7 to 15
Timings: 10.30 am to 8 pm
Epicentre Diwali Mela
One of the biggest attractions here promises to be the Portside Café with its hand finished, vegetable-dyed leather furniture and artifacts. There will also be a display of clothes and accessories by designers Rajesh Pratap Singh, Manish Arora and Malini Ramani, and live dance and music performances by various artists.
Where: Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon
When: October 9 to 15
Timings: 11 am to 8 pm
Urban Street Diwali Special
It claims to be a one-stop destination for all your Diwali shopping, with a wide range of home accessories like designer candles, lights, mirrors, delectable sweets and customised chocolates on offer. There are also mehndi and designer ethnic wear stalls.
Where: DLF Promenade, Nelson Mandela Road, Vasant Kunj
When: October 9 to 18
Timings: 11 am to 10 pm
Rajasthan Club Diwali Mela
At the 42nd Diwali Mela organised by the Rajasthan Club, you can look forward to colourful stalls offering diyas, candles and more. There will be many Rajasthani dishes on the menu, too.
Where: Dilli Haat, Pitampura
When: October 10-11
Timings: 12 pm to 12 am
Festa of Lights 2009
This charity bazaar is being organised in association with NGO Akshay Pratishthan. Around 130 exhibitors will display items ranging from designer clothes and jewellery to home furnishings, handicrafts, pottery, traditional festive home decorations, etc. In addition, there’ll be live jazz music, Tarot card reading and a kid’s corner. The food court will offer Swiss, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Greek and Indian cuisines.
Where: Swiss Embassy, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri
When: October 10
Timings: 10 am to 10 pm