Diwali was known as the Jashn e Chiragha’n under the Mughals and was celebrated with great enthusiasm.
The Rang Mahal in Red Fort was lit up with Diyas on Diwali
The Mughal Emperor was weighed in gold and silver which distributed amongst the poor.
It is said some Mughal ladies would climb to the top of the Qutub Minar to watch the lights and fire carackers in Delhi
Fire crackers under the supervision of the Mir Atish would be burst near the walls of the Red Fort
And a special Akash Diya (the Light of the Sky) was lit with great pomp, placed atop a pole 40 yards high, supported by 16 ropes, and fed on several maunds of binaula (cotton-seed oil) to light up the durbar.
In the reign of Bahadur Shah Zafar Diwali sweets, would prepared in the Red Fort both for the nobility and the common man. Bahadur Shah Zafar used to replace the kitchens of all
his officers and nobles with new copper utensils on Dhanteras, the festival before Diwali when its auspicious to buy metal. Every Diwali, he
would arrange a special Lakshmi Pooja in the Red Fort attended by one and all.
The Muslim gram roasters would sell kheel -bataashe