Jawans posted along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir celebrated Diwali with their colleagues as they do every year. The Indian Army celebrates all major festivals including Diwali, Eid and Christmas.
The Army has several Diwali-specific traditions. These include jawans preparing sweets and other special dishes, pujas being conducted in all units of the post during Diwali, and diyas made of flour being used to light up remote posts.
Jawans posted in ‘peace stations’ also get to take part in melas that are organised by the respective units.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Diwali with the jawans of Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) at Harsil in Uttarakhand. “Your devotion to duty in the remote icy heights is enabling the strength of the nation and securing the future and the dreams of 125 crore Indians,” PM Modi told the jawans.
Offering sweets to the jawans, PM Modi said that the jawans, through their commitment and discipline, spread a sense of security and fearlessness among India’s citizens.