Deepavali – Festival of lights and feasts!
Mornings show streaks of red in the Eastern sky and night glows with a golden hue from thousands of lamps, as everyone revels in festivities. Dry spells are filled with glittering and intense booming fireworks. Incessant rains cannot dampen the pervading festive spirit.
However this year, as of now, it is all sun and skies!
Various stories for celebrating Diwali are
- Goddess Lakshmi’s birthday
- Victory of Rama over Ravaana
- Krishna killed the demon Narakaasur
- Vamana, Vishnu in his dwarf incarnation vanquished the tyrant Bali
- Return of the Pandavas
- Worship of Kali Ma and Ganesha
- Nirvana of Lord Mahavira
- The Sikh Guru Hargobind Ji, freed from imprisonment
In all interpretations, one common thread rings true—the festival marks the triumph of good over evil and celebration of life!
In South India, on Deepavali, people wake up early in the morning and take an oil bath, wear new clothes, light fireworks and eat sweets and savouries. They greet one another asking, “Have you had your ‘Ganga snanam’?” referring to the morning oil bath, symbolising a dip in the purifying holy Ganges.
Click on the links below for Diwali Special homemade recipes, you may want to try out this year
- Omapodi, a crunchy savoury snack.
- Gulab jamoon, an enticing traditional Indian sweet.
- Ragi ladoo , a tasty, healthy millet sweet treat.
- Kaju Katli, an exotic indian sweet and a no bake dessert
- Cashewnut Payasam | Kheer, rich with warm goodness.