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Diwali melas in Delhi to attend this year

Indians buy lanterns from roadside stalls ahead of Hindu festival of lights Diwali, in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. Lanterns are a popular traditional decoration as people decorate their homes during the Diwali festival. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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It’s that time of the year when the entire nation illuminates with the lights of happiness and joy. The time when everybody gears up for new wardrobe additions, attending parties and following the tradition of gifting. Yes, we are talking about Diwali, and these are the only things that make Diwali special. And not to forget, the Diwali Melas which bring people from all walks of life together as one big, happy family. From a long list of designers setting up their shops to the artisans from around the world selling handmade items, these Diwali Melas are definitely something to look forward to. Here’s a list of handpicked melas in Delhi that you must attend during Diwali.

Blind School Diwali Mela

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It is one of the most sought-after Diwali melas in Delhi. You can find the beautiful handmade candles and handpainted diyas prepared by the students of the blind school. This year, in addition to diyas and candles, you will find quilts, cushions, furniture, pots, planters and home decor items. So don’t miss this one!

When: Oct 21 – 27

Where: Blind School Relief Association, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg

Timings: 11:00 am onwards

Festival of Lights at Dastkar

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Dastkar, in association with Delhi Tourism has been organising Diwali melas for more than a decade now. It is a thriving, lively bazaar that promotes the craftsmanship of India. You will find the best of hand carved lanterns, tea lights, paper lanterns and a unique collection of textiles, crafts and natural products. Go here to grab everything ethnic and traditional.

When: October 13 – 26

Where: Nature Bazaar, Andheria Modh, Chattarpur

Timings: 11:00 am onwards

Dilli Haat Diwali Mela

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Though always abuzz with activity, Dilli Haat transforms into a stunning Diwali mela during this season. Here you will find an exquisite range of festive clothes, jewellery, handicrafts and home decor items. Also, cultural performances and rock band concert at Dilli Haat is something everyone looks forward to every year.

When: October 25 – 30

Where: Dilli Haat (INA)

Timings: 11:00 am onwards

Defence Colony Diwali Bazaar

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Held in the posh locality of Defence Colony, this is a popular South Delhi Mela. Known for its lively and fun-filled atmosphere, Defence Colony Diwali Bazaar has a lot in stock for its guests. There are innumerable food and shopping kiosks, dance performances and gaming stalls to add a unique charm to the entire setting.

When: October 15 – 16

Where: Gumbad Roundabout, Defence Colony Market

Timings: 2:00 pm onwards

Sunder Nagar Diwali Mela

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Going strong for 54 years, this mela is a favourite among Delhiites. From the best food stalls to reminiscent games, magic shows, exquisite products and Diwali sweets , Sundar Nagar Diwali Mela has it all. People visit this mela to get their hands on traditional Diwali decorations like earthen lamps & candles, home decor, handicrafts, fashion jewellery and attire.

When: October 22 – 23

Where: Sunder Nagar Park, Near Delhi Public School, Sundar Nagar

Timings: 4:00 pm onwards

Indulge in some festive shopping at these Diwali melas in Delhi, and have a prosperous year ahead.

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Srishti is a writer by profession and a dreamer by choice. She loves experimenting with her space and her looks. Being an avid animal lover, she plans on being a part of Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation in near future.

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