Tradition of Playing Cards
Reflecting tradition wrapped in modernity, playing cards is extremely
popular on Diwali day. It is said that on playing cards, the goddess of
wealth smile upon the player and ensures her goodwill. The memories of
Diwali night can be joyful to the winners and the losers can't wait for the
next Diwali to come around.
The tradition of gambling on Diwali
also has a legend
behind it. It is believed that on this day, Goddess Parvati
played dice with her husband Lord Shiva
and she decreed
that whosoever gambled on Diwali night would prosper throughout the ensuing
year. This tradition of playing cards- flush and rummy with stakes on this
particular day continues even to-day.
This day, with its emphasis on money, is also considered lucky for gambling
by playing cards. Giving social sanction to a vice, a popular saying states
that one who does not gamble on this day will reborn as a donkey in his next
and local gambling houses do brisk business
during the Diwali week.
In most homes, people invite their friends and relatives over to play
cards. Friends get together to indulge in games of cards. The 'addicts' seek
legitimacy for their unusual pastime by referring to the celestial game of
dice played by the great lord Shiva with his companion Parvati - a scene
superbly sculpted at Kailash temple, Ellora
rationalise that this is just to remind oneself of the fickleness of lady
luck and to inculcate a sense of balance in the pursuit of material success.