DIWALI – THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

This is one of the most important Indian festivals, apart from Holi, as this day of the year, marks the return of our beloved Lord Shree Ram to his birthplace and home in Ayodhya, after 14 long years of exile. So, this is a ‘Happy’ festival for all Hindus, which is celebrated throughout India with the burning of firecrackers and lightening up of houses with traditional lights in earthen clay pots, which are referred to as ‘diyas’. This festival also marks the beginning of the Winter season in India which lasts until February. Typical Indian sweets and traditional Indian fashion galore during Diwali, where people greet each other and visit homes with ‘sweet’ gifts. Children enjoy the most during this time of the year, as they get to burn firecrackers with friends and family throughout the evening and night.

 

Sweets in Diwali

Almost all Indians prepare for Diwali at least a month ago, by cleaning their houses and giving the exteriors as well as the interiors a fresh coat of paint. They also go about purchasing gifts, clothes and most importantly sweets for guests, family and friends who would visit their house during evenings. Sweets and dry fruits are most sold items during Diwali, as confectionery shops sells all types of confectionery items such as petha, peda, barfis, soan papdi, Indian chocolates, Indian pastries and dry fruit items that forms the core of any Diwali sweet plate. Therefore, it is the sweet dish that is loved by all Indians, who celebrate this traditional Indian festival with lots of sweets and traditional lights.

 

Diwali Fashion Clothing

Fashion and ethnic wear is always in the minds of all individuals when celebrating mega festivals like Diwali, as people like to dress up in their best of traditional Indian attires. Girls mostly wear colorful lehenga cholis, fashionable kurtis and salwar kameez, whereas elderly women prefer wearing sarees, embroidered or pure silk. Traditional Indian fashion is at its best during Diwali, as girls dress up in the most exquisite manner, some in designer sarees, whereas some in Indo-Western gowns and kurtis that looks classic and traditional in appeal. Sarees, salwar kameez and lehenga cholis are the most preferred fashion outfits during Diwali, as they look gorgeous and enhances the look of an Indian woman. This is the time when the weather is perfect, not too warm and not chilly, thus helps in dressing up extensively for the occasion. Diwali is definitely one such Indian festival that not only brings about the best of Indian gastronomical delights, but also the best of ethnic Indian fashion which is truly unique and highly fashionable.

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