Bhubaneswar: Festivity gripped Odisha today on the occasion of Diwali as people celebrated the festival of lights without restrictions after two years.
COVID-19 situation had marred Diwali celebrations in 2020 and 2021. With no restrictions this year, people were seen observing the festival with pomp and gaiety.
While bursting of firecrackers was restricted on Diwali in the last two years, people made a beeline at firecracker shops to mark the festival with fireworks, this year.
Shops selling earthen lamps and decorative lights also witnessed huge rush. People were also seen buying jute sticks for paying ritualistic homage to ancestors in the evening.
Footfall rose significantly at sweet shops as people bought boxes containing sweets and dry fruits to gift those to their relatives and friends.
Scenes were similar at garment stores during the last few days as new clothes were purchased by people ahead of Diwali celebrations.
“It is indeed an occasion of happiness as we are able to celebrate Diwali freely after two years. I am looking forward to have a great time with my family members and friends in the evening,” said Sukant Sahu, a resident of Bhubaneswar.
“People are excited to celebrate Diwali with firecrackers this year as there are no major restrictions. The sale of firecrackers is quite encouraging for us. We are expecting a good profit,” a firecrackers trader at Baramunda Ground here said.
Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wished people on the occasion of Diwali.
ଆଲୋକର ପର୍ବ ପବିତ୍ର #ଦୀପାବଳୀ ଉପଲକ୍ଷେ ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କୁ ଶୁଭେଚ୍ଛା ଓ ଅଭିନନ୍ଦନ l
May the beauty of the festival of lights illuminate your life with hope and happiness.
— Governor Odisha (@GovernorOdisha) October 24, 2022
ଆଲୋକର ପର୍ବ ଦୀପାବଳି ଓ ପବିତ୍ର କାଳୀପୂଜା ଉପଲକ୍ଷେ ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କୁ ମୋର ଆନ୍ତରିକ ଶୁଭେଚ୍ଛା ଓ ଅଭିନନ୍ଦନ ଜଣାଉଛି। ନିଜ ସୁରକ୍ଷା ପ୍ରତି ବିଶେଷ ଯତ୍ନବାନ ହୋଇ ଉତ୍ସବରେ ସାମିଲ ହୁଅନ୍ତୁ। ମହାପ୍ରଭୁଙ୍କ ନିକଟରେ ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କର ସୁଖ ଓ ସମୃଦ୍ଧି କାମନା କରୁଛି। #ଶୁଭଦୀପାବଳି #HappyDiwali pic.twitter.com/yexnqLKL8K
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) October 24, 2022