The share of China in the Diwali idol market here is about 10 per cent, compared to 70-80 per cent five to six years ago, a traders' organisation has claimed, with sellers asserting that 'Made in India' has replaced the 'Made in China' tag for the product.
Festivities appear to have peaked in the capital's wholesale market Sadar Bazar, colourful, glittering and all lit up ahead of Diwali, but it is almost impossible to find any firecrackers.
Hailing the Centre's decision to regularise unauthorised colonies in Delhi, the BJP on Wednesday said it was the "biggest gift" to the people ahead of Diwali.
US President Donald Trump will celebrate Diwali at the White House on Thursday, three days ahead of the formal celebrations of the festival of lights in India.
Titled "Prithviraj", the movie will be directed by critically-acclaimed filmmaker Chandraparaksh Dwivedi. Yash Raj Films is producing the project.
"We are gathered today to celebrate a very special holiday observed by Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains throughout the US and around the world."
Modi reached Harshil village around 7.50 a.m. in a special Indian Air Force plane and distributed sweets to the personnel before leaving for Kedarnath around 9.10 a.m.