November 14, 2012 2 Comments
A taash (card) party is a ‘get-together’ of a group of friends and family around Diwali.
A variety of card games and games of chance are played.The most popular is Teen Patti (three-card brag). The bets can range from petty cash to lakhs of rupees.
Taash parties are loud and colourful family affairs where everyone dresses up and wagers money and makes merry as the food and drink flows.
The tradition of gambling on Diwali has a legend behind it. It is believed that on this day, Goddess Parvati played dice with her husband Lord Shiva and being pleased with her winnings ,decreed that whosoever gambled on Diwali night would prosper throughout the ensuing year. So this tradition of gambling on Diwali continues even to-day. This episode has been immortalized in stone in the 8th century Kailashnath Temple in Ellora. Read more of this post