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Diwali Sweet Treats

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Food and Drink During Diwali

Diwali is the festival of lights, but is more synonymous with sweets. A variety of Diwali sweet treats are prepared, and there are certain sweets which are Diwali specialities. Various kinds of laddoos, barfis and halwas are made. They use besan, rice flour and semolina and all purpose flour as base ingredients to which sugar, condensed milk and yoghurt are added and spiced with cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. The sweets are generously garnished with dried fruits like cashews, almonds, pistachios and walnuts.

The sweet making for Diwali is a social activity where women commence to preparatory work a good month before Diwali. Powders and ingredients are procured and spices are readied. All the preliminary work like cleaning and milling are done two to three weeks before Diwali. Different sweets are prepared for the different days of Diwali. On the first day of Diwali, lapsi is a must. It is made of large grain cracked wheat fried in ghee accompanied by a curry of long beans. On the second day the speciality sweet is anarsa, a dish made from rice and jaggery, which can actually take upto seven days to prepare. On the third day puris fried in ghee and dipped in sugar syrup is invariably served.

The sweet treats vary from region to region. From polis, mawa kachori, moti pak, sohan papdi to chirote, sheera and badusha the variety is mind boggling. Savoury items like namkeens and chidva are also prepared. The mithais can be eaten as such or can be accompanied by tea, or various kheers and shrikand.

Diwali Treats

 

The Meaning of Diwali

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Meaning of Diwali and how it is celebrated around the world

Diwali is a festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains all over the world. Not just in India, but Indians have carried the festival with them to London, Singapore, Malaysia and the United States.

Diwali signifies the triumph of good over evil. Many events in Hindu mythology are associated with Diwali. It celebrates Lord Rama’s return to Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile.

It celebrates the marriage of Lord Vishnu with Goddess Maha Lakshmi. It also marks the vanquishing of the demon Narakasura by Lord Krishna. When Narakasura begged for mercy, Lord Krishna granted him that the day would be celebrated with great enjoyment. Diwali is celebrated as a festival of light. Here, light is only symbolic and means that darkness should be dispelled. It also signifies the birth of a new year and hence a fresh start. Lord Maha Laksmi, the Goddess of wealth is also worshipped on this day.

Diwali is an official holiday in Singapore, Nepal, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Fiji and Malaysia, besides India. Last year the US President Barack Obama offered warm Diwali wishes to Indians all over the world. In London, Indians visit the local Lakshmi temple, and prepare sweets and light lamps and incense sticks at home. They meet and greet friends and relatives. In Guyana, people clean the house and illuminate it besides indulging in sweets and other festivities. In Malaysia and Indonesia also, the festival is celebrated in much the same manner as in India.

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