Thursday, October 1, 2009

Diwali 2009 Festival Celebrations

Diwali is one such festival that successfully surpasses religious boundaries and validates the solidarity of India and its varied cultural heritage. The festival of lights, fireworks and merriment is round the corner and kiosks and shops are laden with the festive aura.

Diwali is a time of holiday, feasting and family visits. Hindus spend the day visiting friends and family and exchanging gifts and sweets. This festival resembles Christmas in many ways. Children definitely expect toys at this time. Stores, shops and open markets are gaily decorated and lit up. Everybody adorns new and bright clothes, especially the women who wear their best jewelry. The preparations for Diwali begin well in advance and people start cleaning and decorating their homes, preparing Indian sweets, lighting up their homes with colorful lights, adorning new clothes & jewelry.

The history of Diwali is as old as the rich customs and traditions of India. There are different legends in the ‘Puranas’ that mark the significance of the festival. Though the characters are different but they all contain the same message, triumph of good over evil.




Foods made during this festival

Kheer
Kanola
Mootichur Ladoo
Rawa Ladoo
Besan Ladoo
Nankhatai
Mathia
Shankarpare
Karanji
Chivda
Chakli
Ras Malai
Jalebis
Kalakand
Malpuda
Dal Halwa
Sohan papdi
Rasgulla
Balu Shahi
Kaju Burfi
Coconut Burfi
Gulab Jamun

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