Diwali: Festival of Lights
November 7 we join millions the world over in celebrating the South Asian festival of Diwali, also known as The Festival of Lights.
Diwali is an annual international celebration of joy. Fireworks light up the sky; tea lights and candles brighten our homes as colorful costumes and dancing fills the street. Families feast on fabulous sweets such as gulab jabons and badam-halwa; wine flows freely and guests are welcomed with a cup of Chai Masala!
The word “Diwali” can be translated as “row of lights.” During Diwali homes and streets are decorated with small clay oil lamps. These symbolize the victory of light over darkness and good over evil.
Diwali also celebrates the beginning of a new business year, and wishes for a healthy, happy one.
Historically Diwali signifies the Hindu God Lord Rama coming home after being placed in exile for 14 years by an evil king. Diwali is observed by religious groups other than Hindus too, such as Jains in South Asia, Malaysia and Singapore, and peoples of South Asian heritage living around the world.
Diwali is celebrated by so many people worldwide that some feel it should take its place alongside other North American mainstream holidays.
The good news is you can prepare your own Diwali feast just hours in advance with the help of Indianlife Foods! Vegetarian foods are traditional. Indianlife Cooking Sauces create authentic, delicious curries within minutes. Add our Organic Whole Wheat Naan, Chapati or other traditional flatbreads.
Diwali is about welcoming the New Year with an open heart and spirit. We wish you a happy, healthy Diwali and all the best for your coming year!