Inasmuch as gambling is outlawed in most parts of India, statistics have shown that majorities of Indian citizens play cards during Diwali festivals. For example, the Indian Economic Times published more than a year ago that more than 40 percent for the annual sales for companies that manufacture cards happen during Diwali. There are reports that companies such as United Spirits as well as McDowell could order more than 600000 decks just to carry out promotions together with corporate gifting. The largest beneficiary during Diwali is Manisha Enterprises that records high sales during this time. According to sources, card parties could start one and half months before the actual date. This is a clear indication that playing cards during Diwali is something that can be avoided.
Ideally, playing cards during Diwali is something that enjoys cultural backing. According to the Indian mythology, participating in card play on Diwali night has something to do Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth among the Indian communities. A good percentage of Indians believe that this is one way of asking for blessings from Lakshmi and whenever you’re lucky, blessings will flow for the whole year. Similarly, there’s a stronger belief that playing cards is a show of respect for Parvati together with her husband Shiva that played dice on the same day. For instance, the scene of the two playing dice has been sculpted at Kailash temple that’s found at Ellora.
Although it may be true that playing cards during Diwali is a sign of respect for Parvati, there are stronger reasons to believe that a good percentage play cards because it has a direct link with prosperity. It’s worth noting that India is one country where mythology is deep-rooted with its populations having a tendency of following any belief that could improve their lives. For many, Goddess Laksmi is ready to bless anybody that will play cards on the night of Diwali and this explains it’s being followed in almost all parts of the country. There’s another school of thought that believes cards will help players to understand the social fabrics of luck as well as making them understand how risks and luck could bring success.
Apart from being the Hindu New Year, Diwali means the start of a new financial year to most business communities and that’s why it’s always handled with utmost respect. The Indian stock exchange market is busy during this time as it gets ready for the new trading period. In general, gaming during Diwali is part of the Hinduism traditions that’s centered on money plus wealth.
Uncommon with other religious beliefs, wealth as well as spirituality are inseparable in Hindu provided it’s acquired using the correct means. This was supported by Leeza Mangaldas who admitted once that wealth gained using honest in Hinduism means is considered divine and there’s no sin when you pray for wealth. More essentially, there’s common understanding that Diwali is the best time whenever you want to buy any expensive equipment that could be used in production and therefore, invoking Lakshmi blessings by shuffling cards will bring more success.