Diwali is just a few days away, the countdown to all the awesomeness has begun and we're eagerly waiting for the festivities to finally kick off. Yet, if you like to go the extra mile for the festivals and are looking to glam up your space, check out the local markets for some much needed inspiration. Local Diwali markets in Lucknow go all out, from glitzy bandhanwaars, clay pots, idols to rangoli stencils, coloured lights and laser projectors, the markets have everything you're looking for and more!

If you've been wanting to add a little colour to your home and take the celebratory mood up a few notches, a visit to the local markets will not only be helpful but much needed.

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Indian festivals are prismatic. The kinds of colours you see on the streets during the festive season are hard to find on a regular day. It is as if these shop-keepers had been hiding their treasures behind closed doors and along with the festivities, the colours and the cheer have returned to the streets.

Metallic diyas, clay pots and beaded bandhawaars adorn the streets here and everywhere you look, a cheerful sight awaits you, smiling faces and vibrant colours. Yet, there are a few necessities that you have to get, if you want to bring home the classic Diwali.

Diyas and Clay items

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When we speak of Diwali decor, diyas are one of the most classic and the most elegant options out there. A handcrafted diya has the potential to completely change the look of your living space, add to that a clay pot littered with rose petals, marigold flowers and you get a sure shot way to impress you mom.

To find the best of pottery and clay items, including diyas, decorative pieces and idols, head to Puraniya Chauraha near Regional Science City, Kukrail Flyover near Khurram Nagar and Nishatganj Pul from Sikandarabad Chauraha and you're sure to find gem of places lined along the streets.

Plus, these clay items are eco friendly so even if you can't reuse them, they will not harm the environment.

Kandeel/lanterns

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The tradition of hanging a kandeel outside the house is an old one. These decorative, hanging lanterns are traditionally made with paper and are available in a multitude of colours. A kandeel or a lantern will add colour to the exterior of your home and when it flutters in the wind, it'll bring you an unknown calm.

Head to Aminabad market, Bhootnath market, or Kapoorthala market and get yourself a vibrant and colourful kandeel that will instantly lift your spirits.

Lights and Laser Projectors

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Diwali and lights are synonymous, there's no Diwali without some bright lights. Looking at stacked homes that have been decorated to seem something akin layered cakes, is a guilty pleasure and a Diwali must-do. With so many lighting products out in the market, it is often difficult to find exactly what you're looking for. In such a scenario, a trip to the local market can save you a lot of effort.

Naka Chauraha, Naka Market is the place to be in Lucknow if you're looking for any kind of light, ladi, rope, laser projectors or decorative lighting. Here you will find the cheapest of all the good you need and you can always check them before purchasing, so as to be sure of what you're getting.

Bandhanwar and ladi

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The festive season is incomplete without putting up the necessary bandhanwars. Be it the one with authentic marigold and Ashok leaves flowers or beaded and glammed to the max, a bandhawar makes the entrance much more inviting.

If you're looking for authentic floral arrangements, Phool Wali Gali in Chowk is where you'll find all that your heart desires and more. You can also head to the local flower vendor outside the nearest temple and ask them to make you a few ladis, if you want something simple.

On the quest to find some ladis and bandhanwars that'll last you the year, Aminabad, Dandaiya and Bhootnath are where you need to look.

Pooja Samagri

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Pooja Samagri is another essential when we speak of Diwali celebration. No Diwali celebration is complete without a full fledged pooja with all the rites and rituals. So as to keep the traditions alive, you need to get the proper stuff for the pooja and believe us, this is no joke.

From idols to copper plates, diyas, rangoli stickers and much more, if you're looking for any of these things, head on over to Aminabad or the Dandaiya market and there you'll find it all.

Knock Knock

So chuck the online trends and the over-priced shops. This Diwali, bring the local cheer home and make way to the nearest market where you can find everything that you've been looking for.

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