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Tuesday , November 13 , 2012
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Tradition intact, clubs have a blast in run-up to Diwali

Members of New Patna Club and their family enjoy Diwali night at the club on Sunday. Picture by Jai Prakash

Revellers enjoyed Diwali in style this year at clubs across the capital that lined up a dazzling array of events for their members.

Though the festival falls on Tuesday, most clubs hosted functions and programmes in advance. While most clubs stuck to traditional rituals, others explored new forms of entertainment. Food of course was a big part of the parties.

Keeping in touch with the tradition, revellers also burst crackers. But they were careful not to pollute.

They also played indoor games and won prizes, making the celebrations glitzier.

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Back to roots

Members of IAS Wives’ Club planned a traditional do for Diwali this year in a bid to keep in touch with their roots.

“The modern world is changing continuously,” said Mridula Prakash, a member. “Festivals are the only way to keep in touch with our culture and traditions.”

Indian cuisine was on offer for the guests. “It was like a traditional family get-together,” Mridula added.

Those with a sweet tooth had a special time as they were served laddoos and barfis on Saturday, when the club members celebrated Diwali.

Clean power

Tradition also sparked a cleanliness drive at Patna Golf Club.

According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Lakshmi visits homes that are clean, well lit and decorated on Diwali. Keeping this in mind, the members of Patna Golf Club cleaned up the institution premises before celebrating the festival on November 9.

The members of the club also found a unique way to beat frequent power cuts. “We used large earthen lamps and diyas instead of electric lights,” said Manik Vedsen, secretary, Patna Golf Club.

They also burst crackers that did not make much noise and donned ethnic attire.

Colourful mood

Rangolis — colourful geometric designs used to decorate homes during Diwali — was the main attraction at Lions Club Patna Favourite. The club hosted a rangoli-designing competition at Orange Inn on November 8.

“Most of us wanted to celebrate Diwali without much hurly-burly but by having a good time with friends,” club president Namrata said.

A team of club members, led by Amrita Bhushan, won the prize for the best rangoli.

The members ignited crackers that were not very noisy. They also played indoor games like housie and blackjack. Everyone was gifted diyas embedded with colourful stones.

Golden touch

Members of New Patna Club got a chance to win gold and silver coins during Diwali celebrations on Sunday.

The club hosted housie for members. Winners got gold and silver coins during the first two rounds. At the end of the game, four members were tied at the top spot and won diamond jewellery sets.

“People realise that many celebrations organised these days are full of pomp and show but not much substance. We provided them with the substance,” said Shakeel Ahmed, secretary, New Patna Club.

Besides a fun-filled atmosphere at the club, the members and their families got to taste chaat, noodles and rolls at food stalls. Revellers crowded around a phuchka stall, adding spice to the celebrations with gossip over snacks.