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  • Taking an oil bath with gingerly oil is considered to be auspicious.
  • Members of the household are forced to get up as early as 3:00 or 4:00 a.m.
  • The woman of the household takes on the important role of applying the oil on the head, forehead and feet of the members of the household.
  • Oil is considered good for the body and since Deepavali is also the worship of Lakshmi, the honour is given to women.
  • The act is to remind everyone in the family to treat their mother, wife, sisters and women in general with respect.
  • On completion of the task, the members of the family are given Deepavali medicine or marundu.
  • The medicine does not comprise of a tablet but is a tasty concoction of herbs and spices that prevent indigestion on account of overconsumption of sweets.
  • The medicine is very tasty and is normally made at home.
  • This is followed by a sweet.
  • Once the bath is over, people wear their new set of clothes which has already been placed near the Gods the previous night.
  • The younger members of the family prostrate before the older members and rush off to light crackers.
  • People ask each other, Ganga snanam aacha?" meaning Did you have your bath in the Ganges?"
  • In other words, what people ask you is whether you have purified your body by having a bath early in the morning.
  • People believe that the holy river Ganga finds her way into their bath water to bless them on this important day.
  • People visit the houses of relatives and friends asking whether the holy bath has been taken. Then they exchange sweets.
  • In addition to sweets, the house would have the aroma of festive cooking, awakening pangs of hunger even from those who had eaten all the varieties of sweets.

In today`s nuclear families, Deepavali is more relaxed. Children don`t want the oil bath and neither do they want to get up early. People go out for lunch and sweet is bought from a sweet shop. Children prefer shampoo to the traditional oil. For those who have enjoyed the traditional Deepavali of yesteryears, it doesn`t seem like a festival any more......

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