Games to play this Diwali

Here comes another Diwali, the festival of lights and love which is usually celebrated with friends and family. One of the many ways we enjoy this holiday is by playing games. Check out these nine different games you should play this Diwali.

Teen Patti

This card game is one of the most popular games played on Diwali nights. It is played with a 52-card pack usually with between 4 to 7 players. The game starts with the dealer and proceeds in a clockwise direction. Players make moves in the game based on how strong they think their card-hand is.

Teen Patti is a very popular game that people love to play not only on Diwali nights. Most people take advantage of online sites to play the game for real money. If you want to try it out right away, you can find online Teen Patti sites on

Dough Rangoli

If you’re looking for games for the little kids, here’s a perfect one. All you need is to get some assorted lentils and play dough ready. Then gather the little kids together. Let them make miniature rangolis and make use of lentils for decoration. The game is specially designed for toddlers and it helps to make them imaginative.

Find and count Laxmi Ganesh

This is a simple game to play. You need to paste or draw pictures of small Laxmi Ganesh on a sheet of paper. The picture will be surrounded by candles, flowers, different kinds of crackers, diyas, etc. Make a photocopy of the drawing and hand over a copy to each player in the game. You also give a pen to the players.

Once the pen and photocopied paper is given out, the players have one minute to finish the game. In that minute, they have to find all the pictures of Laxmi-Ganesh in the paper and count them.


Paplu, also known as Indian Rummy, is very similar to regular Rummy. This game can be played by 2-10 players and each player either plays with 13 or 21 cards.

While you’re playing your goal is to create sequences of sets or runs. To win you need to create two sequences and say Paplu before anyone else.


Taboo is an interesting one which is guaranteed to make all the players smile. One person will have to hold up a card with a word written on it and the other players will give clues to guess it accurately.


This game seems easy but can be very difficult for players who cannot draw. You start by dividing yourself into different teams. Then, a team gives a random word to the opponent. The opponent has to draw and describe it to their team members. To see a more detailed description on how to play Pictionary, read this page.

Twenty questions

This is an exciting game to play with friends. You have to start with choosing a universal topic which the game will be based on. Different teams are formed after the topic is selected. A word is given to an opponent and they have to give clues to their team members using “Yes/No” answers only.

The team begins to ask questions as their member gives them clues. That member continues to reply “No” until the right question or statement is made, then he or she says “Yes”. Each team has only twenty questions. If the team members can guess correctly before asking up to 20 questions, they are awarded a point.

Two truths and a lie

This game is perfect when it is played in a group that has members of the family and friends. It allows each player to be very creative. Only one player takes the floor at a time. The player keeps a straight face and mention three “facts” about himself. Out of these three facts, two are completely true while one is not true. The other players would have to guess which one is not accurate. The game helps families and friends to see how well they know each other.


This Diwali game is perfect for both adults and kids. It brings them together to sing songs from Hindu movies. The game starts with one person signing two lines from a song. The next player sings another song with the last Hindi letter of the previous song. It is more fun when it is mandatory to sing only festival-related songs.