Away from home and shooting in America, the Indian star celebrated the festival of lights with friends at her New York home.
Priyanka Chopra not only celebrates Diwali but enlightens American fans
Mumbai - 01 Nov 2016 19:13 IST
Updated : 06 Jul 2018 12:38 IST
Quantico star Priyanka Chopra not only celebrated Diwali in New York but gave a whole explanation of the festival to friends.
Away from home and shooting in America, the Hindi film actress celebrated the festival of lights with friends at her home in the Big Apple.
As the saying goes, you can take a woman out of India, but you can never take India out of the woman. Chopra did not miss home too much as she celebrated Diwali in New York with much fanfare. The actress invited close friends over to join in the festivities.
Not only did she celebrate the festival in the usual traditional manner, Chopra also explained to Vogue magazine readers the essence of the festival and all the activities that go with it.
“It’s the beginning of our new year,” she explained. “It’s almost like our Christmas — we eat, we pray, we dress up together, we exchange gifts. It’s all about family and friends coming together.”
Chopra wore a silk saree that her mother had got for her, and filled her Upper East Side home with vibrant marigolds and sparkling lights. Before lighting the diya or earthern lamp, she performed the traditional Lakshmi puja to welcome the goddess of wealth into her life.
"These are prayers that happen in the evening," Chopra told Vogue. "It’s an auspicious time and a priest comes to lead the service and it’s very meditative to me. It’s the invocation of lord Ganesha and goddess Laxmi for the New Year, and it’s just amazing to have the whole family sit together and pray.
"Of course, the rest of the evening is full of debauchery, which is my other favourite thing about Diwali.” By debauchery Chopra meant gambling with cards and gorging on sweets, of course. Later, she lit up sparklers.
Recalling her fondest moments during Diwali, Chopra said, “I think my fondest memories of celebrating this holiday as a child were probably making rangolis with my dad. He was very artistic and we used to sit on the floor together and construct these patterns.”
Meanwhile, catch Chopra wishing everyone a happy Diwali below: