Vast preparations for Diwali have left some suggesting that the festival of light has been over-commercialised.
Diwali is a massive celebration for the Indian community every year, however it has been suggested that it has become more a business than a celebration.
Royal Sweets in Melton Road is run by Sam Musani, who said: “Diwali is like Christmas at Toys R Us for us. It’s about family, food and fireworks.”
Sam took a month to plan for the upcoming celebration as he sells fresh food and it has to be cooked the same day.
So is Diwali over-commercialised? Sam said he believed it wasn’t at all as his friends are already buying Christmas gifts and, in his words, “Diwali is about exchanging blessings and sweets.”
Sam added: “Today there is not enough time for family and Diwali brings the family together wherever they are.”
Ranu Kamota and her daughter Rupa Jakhu (left) have been running Kabhi Kabhi Sweet Mall shop for the last 35 years and have seen many Diwalis from their business.
Ranu said: “Sweets are so important for Indian cu
lture, because when we pray we offer sweets.”
The shop is another that notices the increase in business around the Diwali season. Ranu added: “Diwali is still good but a little bit over-commercialised.”
It is the busiest time of the year for local businesses and both Royal Sweets and Kabhi Kabhi Sweet Mall are looking forward to being with their family and sharing sweets and celebrating this event that is so important to the Indian community and culture.