Diwali also called Divali, Deepavali or the “festival of lights” is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.
The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartik. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.
In many parts of India,the festivities start with Dhanteras, followed by Naraka Chaturdasi on second day, Diwali on the third day, Diwali Padva dedicated to wife-husband relationship on the fourth day, and festivities end with Bhai-dhuj dedicated to sister-brother bond on the fifth day. Dhanteras usually falls eighteen days after Dussehra.
I can never forget the days when we would wait for Diwali, just after Durga Puja even though that meant that we were close to the end of our vacations. Those days, new dresses were only something that would happen twice a year – on Dussehra and Diwali. My mom would make a small house of mud with small windows and doors. And we (my brothers and sisters) would decorate it with colors, flowers, toys and diyas. Nostalgic, I am.. 🙂
The kids in our locality would compete with each other on who is going to burn the most crackers. And the measurement of this was even funny. The next day we would come out early in the morning and see whose front-yard has the most cracker papers. The joy of winning cannot be expressed.
Another thing was the sweets that the elders in the house would distribute after the Lakshmi Pooja gets over. We would then start lighting diyas everywhere and that is when we would get the permission to go ahead with our cracker adventures.
Somehow Diwali has changed over the years and I wonder if the kids of today will ever be able to experience the real and clean Diwali that we used to celebrate.
I can never forget any of these and I am sure none of you would be able to. Not to forget the tasty recipes that my Mom would make.
So here are some of Diwali recipes which i have learned from my Mom which she would make on Diwali and some of the recipes like pakkavada, boondi ke ladoo and mixture I have learn’t from my Mother in law. Not only this, there are many other recipes which you can try taking the ideas from my website.
Click the below links to see the Diwali Recipes