Deepavali - Festival of Lights

by Mac heng

Deepavali: All you need to know!

Deepavali, also known as Diwali, is a religious observance commemorated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists around the world.

This festival is celebrated during Hindu Lunisolar calendar (between October and November), with the date changing every year.

Deepavali holds significance for a variety of reasons. One of the core themes of the festival, as symbolised by the prevalence lights, is the triumph of good over evil.

Here is what you need to know about Deepavali!

As Diwali is a celebration of light triumphing over darkness, those who observe the festival typically decorate their homes with a plethora of lights.

Traditionally, homes are cleaned in time for the festival and new clothes are to be worn. Some examples of traditional apparel worn are saris, punjabi suits, and colourful bangles.

The doorways and foyers are decorated with rangolis, beautiful, intricate patterns on the floor that are created using materials including rice, coloured sand and flower petals. These special decorations are to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, into the home.

The day begins early on Deepavali with rituals such as oil baths, putting on new clothes, heading to the temple to pray and visiting homes of friends and relatives for feasting. You can expect a mix of sweet and savoury eats and delicacies. They include mithai (South Asian sweets) such as gulab jamun and puran poli , a sweet Indian flatbread.

Every year, the observance sees millions of people attend firework displays, prayer services and festive events in celebration of the occasion.

The symbolic foods eaten during the Festival of Lights.

During this day, a variety of traditional sweet with variety of colours and flavours and savoury dishes are served.

They are custom to make dishes at home for the celebration. Since many of the savoury dishes are fried, it means oil is needed, and the heating up of the oil is synonymous to the celebration of lighting and burning something for the event.

The Diwali food served and eaten depends on the culture and traditions followed by families.

A must-have snack during Deepavali would be murukku. Murukku is a savoury, crunchy snack originating from India. It is made from rice flour and urad dal flour along with spices which makes it savoury. Families will mostly prepare food at home for guests while they exchange gifts and watch fireworks.

One of the sweet dishes is called Lapsi Halwa, and is made from large-grain cracked wheat, cooked with ghee and sweetened with sugar and cardamom powder.

It’s incredibly popular and is often served with a yardlong bean curry, as the beans are thought to represent longevity.

Mouthwatering Mithai: The sweet treats that defines Deepavali celebration.

Typically made with fresh milk, chickpea flour, expensive nuts and spices like pistachios and saffron – some are even coated with a thin layer of edible gold or silver.

They can be eaten alongside savory items or eaten alone as a snack.

Halal Food Master wishes you a very Happy Diwali and hope you have a food rich celebration!


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