Diwali might not be as grand an affair in Odisha as it is in the north, but when it comes to bursting crackers we Odias are not to be left behind! Here we have compiled a list of crackers without which an Odia Diwali is incomplete.
This is our desi version of anar/kumpi. Instead of shiny paper, these little explosives are contained inside earthen pots.
Habelis are the life and soul of our Diwalis. Launch this missile from the ground, a bottle or straight out of your hands – Habeli is the quintessential cracker of all time!
3. Sutuli Bomb
Enough said. This is as Odia as it can get.
4. Tala Photaka/Sun Photaka
Fling it as hard as you can and then cover your ears! What fun!
5. Dhap Dhapi
Our very own desi sparklers with enough bling to dull disco lights!
6. Fancy Shots
These may not be very desi but are extremely popular. From ‘Angel Eyes’, ‘Maneka’ to ‘Red Siren’, these fancy shots promise to show you a myriad constellations.
7. Lanka Bomb
This is how we like to end it! Strings of 5000, 10,000 or even 20,000 – the continuous torrent of blasts make it a Diwali to remember!
Photographs Courtesy: RJ Neil
Do let us know if we have missed out on anything. Happy Diwali!