Telangana: Celebrating Diwali with departed

People celebrate the festival and pay tributes to the dead at Kashmirgadda cemetery.

By Author   |   Published: 20th Oct 2017   10:00 pm Updated: 20th Oct 2017   10:01 pm
Diwali Celebrations
LIT UP: Visitors celebrating Diwali at the grave of their family members at Kashmirgadda cemetery in Karimnagar.

Karimnagar: People usually do not show interest in visiting graveyard. And at night, a majority of the people will not even dare to have a glimpse. However, on Thursday, Diwali was celebrated with fervour at a graveyard in Karimnagar town.

Besides bursting crackers, people paid tributes to their loved ones by offering different types of dishes, which the deceased used to like when they were alive. This is a unique practice at Kashmirgadda cemetery here.

Family members of the deceased painted and decorated the graves of their loved ones by arranging flowers and lamps. In the evening, they brought food items to the cemetery. While some of them came with vegetarian food, others offered different types of non-vegetarian dishes.

Moreover, some of them also offered liquor, toddy, beedi, cigarette, and gutka packets, which the deceased used to drink or consume. Keeping the celebrations in mind, Karimnagar Municipal Corporation authorities made elaborate arrangements at the graveyard. Besides cleaning up the cemetery, adequate arrangements to provide lighting and drinking water were also made by them.

Moreover, flexies of local politicians were put up along the stretch from the main road to the graveyard. Speaking to the Telangana Today, Sanjay, a worker at a private hospital, said that they offer food items and celebrate Diwali at the graveyard in memory of their loved ones.

When asked why he was celebrating Diwali at the graveyard, he failed to tell the exact reason and said that they were only continuing the practice of their elders. Another person Janardhan said that compared to the previous years, bursting of crackers was less this time around due to the GST.