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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.

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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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This World Food Day, get to know about these 5 NGOs fighting against hunger in Lucknow

There is an abundance of food-delivery apps in the market today that have managed to reduce the gap between your homes and restaurants. However, there is no such modern solution to bridge the long-prevailing gap between a one-time meal and the underprivileged. No matter how developed any city in India is today, the issue of hunger is a prominent one everywhere, and Lucknow is no exception.

But keeping intact our faith in humanity, are certain groups and individuals who're working round the clock to ensure that each day, the number of people going to sleep hungry, reduces significantly. This World Food Day, get to know about 5 NGOs working towards this cause and provide them with your support however you can. A little help goes a long way!

Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-profit organisation spread across India that operates a school lunch programme (Mid-Day meal). Established in the year 2000, the aim of this organisation is to counter classroom hunger and aid in the education of children. Reportedly, it feeds more than 18 lakh children every day, across the country. With its presence in several cities including Lucknow, the Akshaya Patra Foundation also worked to distribute food among the migrant workers during the COVID crisis last year. Donate to this noble cause by clicking on the website link attached below.

Contact: 097924 48359

Website: The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Robin Hood Army

The Robin Hood Army is a volunteer-based organisation that was established in 2014 by Neel Ghose and Arushi Batra. This establishment works to get surplus food from restaurants and the community, to serve less fortunate people. The idea behind the conception of this NGO is to create self-sustained chapters across the world, that will look after its local community. Like all the other chapters, Lucknow Chapter of this volunteer-based organisation conducts various drives across the city. If you wish to become a part of this group log on to their official website now!

Contact: Send a mail on info@robinhoodarmy.com

Website: The Robin Hood Army

Roti Bank

Roti Bank is a citizen led organisation who's primary aim is to provide food to the needy. To attain this goal, Roti Bank has a team spread across the country including a bunch in Lucknow that is purely dedicated to the cause. Roti bank collects left-over and excess food from homes and events and distributes it among the needy. One can donate in cash or kind or even volunteer to become a part of this thoughtful initiative. Click on the website link to know more about this organisation.

Contact: 7905881802

Website: Roti bank Lucknow

Vijay Sri Foundation

Vijay Sri Foundation is a non-government organization, that was launched in the year 2009 in Lucknow. The main objective of this organisation was the distribution of food to the needy poor in hospitals. Initially, home-cooked food packets were distributed among attendants of poor patients admitted in various wards of Lucknow's King George Medical College. Gradually, the operations grew to other hospitals in the city as well. Currently, around 900 patients are served food everyday, under its "Prasadam Sewa" campaign. To join their team or contribute monetarily, log on to their official website.

Contact: 099358 88887

Website: Prasadam Sewa

Feeding India

Found in the year 2014, Feeding India was formed to solve the complex challenges of food wastage, malnutrition and hunger in India. As a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, Zomato acquired this organisation in 2019 to deal with these issues. With its presence in Lucknow, Feeding India by Zomato designs interventions to decrease hunger among the communities that are underserved. If you wish to donate or know more about this organisation check out their official website.

Contact: Write to them here

Website: Feeding India

Knock Knock

Even though these organisations are working hard to improve the situation, it is upon all of us to make sure that we don't waste food and do whatever we can to help and feed the poor. To fight and beat the global problem of hunger, a collective effort is a must!

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