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1. Card Games
Games like Poker, Rummy, Blackjack, Teen Patti, and other games are often played during Diwali in an otherwise country where gambling is illegal. Heck, I was told to put away my playing cards at a restaurant when we were playing a memory game! Why do people gamble during Diwali? It’s considered to be lucky or even auspicious in some families, as Lakshmi, the Goddess Of Wealth would shower her blessings at this time of the year.
If you are entertaining an older group of people, traditional Housie is a great choice. Again, people feel lucky during this time of the year so make sure you keep good gifts even for the low-value winners like Fast 5, Four Corners, First Line, and others, and an even better gift for the Full Housie.
Charades is a classic group activity in Indian households, we’ve been playing it since we were kids and we know almost all movie names by now. But make it fun by bidding! How it works is two players go up to act out the same movie, but before they start, they bid on how long it would take their team to guess it. The one with the highest bid (least time) starts. If they don’t get it, the play goes to the lower bid team, for lesser points. Make sure to pay attention to both members when they act.
4. One-Minute Games
There are so many one-minute games that you can include in your Diwali party! Mix all Gems/M&Ms in a bowl, and keep glasses for each colour. People have to segregate the colours with one hand. It sure sounds easy, but the pressure of completing in 60 seconds is what builds up the tension. Other games could include, transferring the same Gems/M&Ms, or even Rajma from one bowl to another, with the use of a straw (make sure to use reusable straws).
5. Board Games
There are numerous board games that you can play during a Diwali party. Games like Sequence, Codenames, Cranium, Taboo, and Pictionary are winners when it comes to two teams competitively playing. If there are no children, and if alcohol is being served, grab this opportunity to play a drinking game. Cards Against Humanity, Never Have I Ever, Spill, and more should be on your list.
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