STORY: Visually impaired artisans at the Blind School Diwali Fair in New Delhi are having a busy week with their products selling like hot cakes as thousands throng the popular fair every day.
The week-long fair is among the national capital’s most awaited annual events in the run up to Diwali. It offers shoppers a variety of Diwali essentials made by visually impaired people like handmade candles, earthen lamps and lanterns etc.
There is pressure right now because there is lot of work, a visually impaired artisan, Arun said on Wednesday (October 11).
The Blind School Diwali Fair was first organised 30 years ago and has been held every year ever since a week before Diwali.
The visually impaired candle makers have been trained to help them lead an independent life, said executive secretary of Blind Relief Association, Kailash Chandra Pandey.
Candles of all shapes, sizes and colours can be found at the fair while intricate earthen lamps were a hit with customers.
The fair began on October 10 (Tuesday) and will conclude on October 16 (Monday).
The festival of Diwali marks the return of Hindu Lord Rama to Ayodhya city in northern India after he defeated Ravana – the powerful demon king of Lanka – and rescued his wife Sita.
On Diwali, people light fireworks and illuminate their houses with different types of lights.
This year, Diwali will be celebrated on October 19 across India.