During Diwali, Diwali Mela’s or Fairs are organised in several parts of India which add to the spirit of celebrations for the people.
Diwali Mela’s are generally organised in towns and villages where the mela usually is like a market where farmers buy and sell produce. Apart from this various cultural programmes including magic and puppet shows are organized by professional artists and children to entertain the crowd. Games and other fun-filled activities are also found at these melas. So of these may include Ferris wheels and rides on animals such as elephants and camels. You might also find jugglers, acrobats, snake charmers and fortune tellers in these melas.
At these Diwali mela’s you will also find small and big stalls selling various items, like snacks, utensils, sweets, cosmetics etc. You will also find stalls showcasing the best of Indian culture – Stalls of pottery making, Mehndi / Henna on palms, etc
People of towns and villages come to these mela’s even from far-off places dressed colorfully to enjoy the occasion and buy the products of choice.
Today these Diwali mela’s are not just confined to India, such Diwali special fairs are arranged in other parts of the world which celebrate Diwali like – Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore, Fiji, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya Tanzania, South Africa, Netherlands, Canada, UK and USA.
In these countries Diwali Mela or fair is the only means to bond with cultural roots and acquaint children to the rich Indian culture and heritage.
For them, it is the only means to enjoy Diwali and help their children adapt to the tradition of the glorious Indian festival. Besides this, these mela’s help to unite people of Indian origin together in a foreign country and popularize the Indian belief in unity in diversity.
At several places Diwali Mela are organized for a cause and proceeds of the fair are given to charity.