Mathuro Ki Diwali

From the day of Dhan Teras, Diwali begins. On this day it is considered lucky to buy some new vessel. It is a tradition to clean the houses before Dhan Teras and prepare Papadi & Divle .

The SECOND day is called NARKA-CHATURDASHI or CHOTI DIWAL on this day every corner of the house is cleaned and chaukh is given with khariya matti. In many houses on this day cold Diwali is celebrated in which 30 unlit diya's are worshipped in the evening. In some families this puja is done the next morning on Diwali.

In Mathur families clay statue of Laxmiji, Ganeshji are bought along with hatari, diye, bataashas ,sugar-toys and earthen lamps . In some houses Laxmiji is drawn on the wall or on paper and worshipped. In pooja a silver coin with Laxmiji and Ganeshji inscription is kept.

Papri, Divle and sweets are prepared at home. Ladies wear bright colour sarees and dresses for pooja.

First thandi pooja and then after lighting the earthen lamps garam pooja is offered. The Story of Laxmiji lamp is told and then paapdi, Deevale, Petha or sweets is distributed as prasad

After pooja and story telling at least one earthen lamp is kept in each and every corner of the house. Children burst crackers. Sons-in-law are invited over for lunch or dinner sometime before Diwali.

Tradition is to play  with cards or Ganjoa. These card sessions usually commence from Dussehra onwards. There is also a tradition of sending sweets, dry fruits, paapri, deevale and fruits to the married daughter's house.