Celebration of festivals may not be a big thing on the silver screen any more, but the small screen is doing its best to keep the festival spirit alive by offering special shows.
Television actors, be it Rohit Roy or Akashdeep Sehgal, are upbeat about celebrating Diwali - never mind their busy schedules!
Rohit Roy (Rahul from "Viraasat"): Diwali means a lot of revelry, fireworks and breaking my diet. I will make a silent prayer for my family. I will be working and after work I will celebrate it with my brother Ronit and my wife Mansi. I don't shop. Mansi shops for me. I will gift good wishes to all. Diwali reminds me of the times when I would burst crackers with my dad. Unfortunately, he is no more.
Akashdeep Sehgal (Eklavya from "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi"): Diwali is a universal festival. I will celebrate it with a lot of lights, love, sweets, fun and a lot of enthusiasm. I hate the noise pollution associated with it though. I am not shopping specially for Diwali. To me every day is Diwali. I will gift crackers to my niece and nephew.
Urvashi Dholakia (Komolika from "Kasautii Zindagi Kay"): Diwali is a family celebration. It's a festival of lights. My Diwali is always simple. I will begin with a 'puja' (prayer) and then burst some crackers. I barely get time to shop. My mother usually takes care of it. I guess I will buy lots of 'diya' (lamp). I will gift Lakshmi coins to my loved ones. My most memorable Diwali was when I was a 10-year-old I had been operated upon. With my one eye shut I was determined to burst crackers. I love bursting crackers even now.
Sangita Ghosh (Priyanka from "Viraasat"): Diwali to me is the time for celebration. It's a time for fun and happiness. It's the time for new clothes, time to make 'rangolis' (floor art), light 'diyas' and celebrate. I have no clue how I will celebrate this Diwali. I don't even know if I will get time to shop. I will love to gift people. I remember bursting silent crackers. I burnt my 'dupatta' (scarf) once, but now I am more careful.
Rakshanda Khan (Tanya from "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi"): Ramadan and Diwali fall at the same time this year. Eid is just a few days after Diwali. Diwali reminds me of those 20 holidays in school. We used to have a party and loads of fun in school. As a child I used to buy new clothes, crackers etc. For gifts I give ethnic 'thaalis' with flowers and crackers, 'diyas' and sweets.
Juhi Parmar (Kumkum from "Kumkum Ek Pyaara Sa Bandhan"): Diwali for me means a lot of happiness, togetherness and celebrations. It means getting together with my family. Usually, I spend my Diwali in Jaipur with my parents. But this year I will not go home. I hate the sound of crackers. I will not shop much. I don't think I will do anything special. But I will definitely buy some 'diyas'. I want to make a pendant for my mother as well as my sister. I usually get very confused when it comes to buying a gift for my dad - I always land up buying a perfume for him.
Reshmi (Bhoomi from "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi"): I am a Bengali. So, I associate Diwali with Kali 'puja'. Diwali means celebration of Kali puja. It means light all around, candles, 'diyas'. It brings positive energy. I will be shooting for the first time on Diwali. I will shop in Bandra, no particular shop. I would love to gift happiness to all, as well as gold to my parents, sister as well as my grandmother. I remember my family as well as my friends back in Calcutta, the crackers, the lights there.
Adita (Shefali from "Saarthi"): I will celebrate Diwali with my family. It is my first Diwali with my in-laws. I am from Delhi, so I will definitely play cards, make 'rangolis', light a lot of 'diyas' and do 'puja'. I will visit all my friends and family during Diwali. I don't think I will shop because I will be shooting. I have a lot of childhood memories connected with Diwali. I associate Diwali with Delhi and the cold over there. It is so beautiful and cold and foggy in Delhi. I remember sitting around the bonfires. I was in New York for three years and I did not celebrate Diwali there, but this year I will. My brother is still in New York and he envies me.
Rucha (Suhana from "Bhabhi"): Diwali is the festival of lights and lots of fun. It is one festival where everybody gets together. It is a festival of joy and happiness. I usually go with my parents to my grandfather's house in Nasik for Diwali. We usually spend three-four days with grandpa.
Tasneem (Mohini From "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi"): Diwali is a festival of lights and a lot of joy. My mom is a Hindu so I have always celebrated Diwali with her as well as my maternal relatives. I even do the Laxmi puja. This year is totally different, as I will celebrate Diwali at my in-laws place. My husband has told me that he has many surprises for me, so I'm eagerly waiting! I will love to gift the young my best wishes. I will also take all blessings from my elders. I usually give Laxmi coins to my colleagues. I have spent all my Diwalis with my cousins including my only cousin brother. But five years ago, my cousin committed suicide. I miss him a lot.