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The Indian Festival Of Lights: Diwali Sweets At Home

Updated on December 30, 2016
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Chitrangada loves the richness of Indian art,culture and traditions. As a writer she wants to spread information about India to the readers

Earthen lamps ( Diwali ke Diye)
Earthen lamps ( Diwali ke Diye) | Source
Diwali---The festival of lights!
Diwali---The festival of lights! | Source

Diwali gifting ideas!

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Diwali gift options! | Source

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The Festival Of Lights--Diwali is on 11th November 2015

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  • Diwali or Deepavali, is one of the most important festival, celebrated throughout India, with much enthusiasm and gaiety.
  • While Deepavali is a combination of two words, Deep, which means candles or earthen diyas and avali means, rows. So together it means rows of candles or lights.
  • Diwali celebrations start from Dhanteras, a day when buying Gold, Silver or other precious metals or jewels is considered very auspicious.
  • It is also considered auspicious to buy food grains on that day.
  • Prior to that all the family members clean every nook and corner of their homes. Most of them get their homes freshly painted and decorated.
  • New curtains, new bedsheets, new utensils are bought, in short it is a total makeover of the sweet homes and the best part is that the whole family is involved in it.
  • All this is done to welcome Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of health, wealth and prosperity.

 Diwali Decorations!
Diwali Decorations! | Source
Wax candles
Wax candles | Source

Diwali Decorations!

There is a practice of cleaning and decorating homes, shops etc. as we prepare for Deepawali. The markets are flooded with decoration materials and each year there is some new idea, which becomes trendy.

There are traditional ways as well as modern ways of decorating homes. Some of the most common ways are mentioned here--

1. Fresh flowers, garlands and earthen pots with lovely plants


Fresh fragrant flowers, flower bouquets and plants are used to decorate the entrance of the house as well as each and every room.

2. Rangolis


Rangolis or beautiful, colorful designs are drawn by turmeric powder or vermilion for prayers. To decorate floors colored sand or flowers or rice powder is used to make beautiful Rangolis.

3. Colored electric lamps


Many people want to decorate their home' s entrance with colored electric lamps and they look brilliant.

4. Earthen lamps and pots


Earthen lamps or diyas are considered auspicious, therefore everyone lights them on the day of Diwali. Lot of shapes, sizes and designs are available in the market to choose from.

5. Wax candles, scented candles and floating candles


There is an impressive variety of candles, fragrant and floating in the markets, which are also used for gifting purposes. The scented candles are expensive and are used for drawing room decoration, because of its perfume, while the ordinary wax candles are used for outdoor decoration purposes.

Coconut Burfi
Coconut Burfi | Source
Rice Kheer
Rice Kheer | Source

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Make Diwali Sweets At Home!

No talk of Diwali can be complete without sweets. Although they are readily available in markets and in abundance, how nice it is to make them at home with your own hands.

The advantages of making sweets are manifold. First of all it's a great feeling because when your family loves to eat your made sweets, the feeling is heavenly, at least I believe that. Then you make it with full care and cleanliness.

Here are some easy to make Diwali sweets.

1. Coconut Barfi


Ingredients:

Dry coconut powder 100 gm.

Toned milk 1 litre

Castor sugar 2 tablespoonful

Green cardamom

powder 1/2 teaspoonful

Finely chopped nuts 1 tablespoonful

Method:

1. Grate the dry coconut or you can buy grated coconut powder from the supermarket.

2. Pour the milk in a broad pan and put to boil.

3. Reduce flame and add coconut powder and let it boil on a low flame.

4. Stir occasionally so that the mixture does not stick at the bottom.

5. Add sugar and remove from heat till the whole milk evaporates and only solid mixture is seen.

6. Add cardamom powder and spread on a greased tray. Garnish with finely chopped dry fruits such as almonds and cashew nuts.

7. Let it cool and cut into squares. Coconut burfi is ready to serve.

For more sweets recipe, see the link on right.

2. The pious Kheer


The rice kheer is considered the most auspicious offering during festivals and is prepared almost in every home.


Ingredients:

1. Basmati Rice 2 tablespoonful

2. Toned milk 1 litre

3. Castor sugar 2 tablespoonful

4.Chopped dry fruits 1 tablespoonful

5. Saffron strands 4 to 5

6. Green cardamom

powder 1/2 teaspoonful

Method:

1. Wash the rice and soak it in a little water for 10 minutes.

2. Boil the milk and add rice and 1 cup water.

3. Let it cook on low flame for at least 30 to 40 minutes. Keep stirring.

4. The mixture will thicken, add sugar.

5. Add dry fruits, and saffron ( previously soaked in a little milk) and green cardamom powder.

6. Take out in a serving bowl and garnish with finely chopped almonds and cool in a refrigerator before serving.

Diwali Gifting Ideas!

Diwali gifts: Dry fruit box
Diwali gifts: Dry fruit box | Source
Diwali gifts: Dry fruits and chocolates
Diwali gifts: Dry fruits and chocolates | Source
Dry fruits box
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Diwali Gifting Ideas!

  • Diwali is a festival to spread happiness. Therefore there is a practice to exchange gifts to family and friends. The markets, shopping malls, emporiums are flooded with attractive goods to be purchased by enthusiastic shoppers.
  • Special Diwali Melas( fair), are organised prior to Diwali. This is the time of the year, when there is maximum buying and selling in markets.
  • Even the stock markets have special Muhurat (auspicious time) sessions, that is trading sessions.
  • The gifts can be anything from flowers to chocolates, expensive jewelry or clothes, goods for home decoration, electrical or electronic items, sweets, dry fruits or anything to bring a smile to your loved ones.

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Diwali celebrations, source: You tube

Diwali sweet, Gulab Jamun, source: You tube

Festival of lights is called Diwali in India. And the festival of colours is called--

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Flower Rangoli with Diya in the centre is considered auspicious on Diwali if placed at the entrance of Homes
Flower Rangoli with Diya in the centre is considered auspicious on Diwali if placed at the entrance of Homes | Source
Dry fruits and nuts are the most popular gifts on Diwali
Dry fruits and nuts are the most popular gifts on Diwali | Source

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Festivals bring together families and spread Happiness! Do you agree? Please share your views in the Comments section.

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      Dil Vil 3 years ago from India

      Good hub, thank you for sharing yummy recipes :)

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      mr-veg 3 years ago from Colorado United States

      Nice one Chitrangada !! Recipes are wonderful !!

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      Emmanuel Kariuki 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Mouth watering recipes! I like everything about Diwali except the fireworks - shared!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you My Cook Book, for reading this hub and appreciating!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you mr-veg, for visiting the hub and your kind comments!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Emmanuel Kariuki, for your visit, comments and share!

      When I was a child I used to love crackers. Now I understand the pollution it causes. Therefore not only me, many people keep away from crackers. But other than that, as you said, everything else about Diwali is just wonderful.

      Thanks again!

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      This is truly a festive event. I like the idea of dressing up the entrance of the home. The sweets and gifts are something to look forward to, as well.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The Festival Of Diwali: 2 Easy To Make Diwali Sweets At Home such a lovely time of the year right now and for eleven years I have missed this festival

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Great hub! I saw the festival in action when I went to Malaysia, and really enjoyed looking at all the colourful decorations ;)

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      I saw this on tv today in England, it looks like an amazing and beautiful festival, hope you have a wonderful time! nell

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      This sounds like a lovely festival. Voting up and more.

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      MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

      Nice post

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you MarleneB, for your visit and lovely comments!

      You are right--Happiness is in the air during the festival of Diwali.

      Have a great weekend!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Devika!

      Thanks for reading this hub and sharing your feelings! I can understand how much we miss home during festivals.

      Wish you Happy Diwali and a very prosperous new year to you and your family!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Suzanne, for visiting this hub and appreciating!

      Yes, Diwali is all about lights, colour, decoration and much more. It is to spread happiness and joy.

      Thanks for your lovely comments. Have a great weekend!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Nell!

      Thank you for your visit and wonderful comments! The atmosphere in India is engrossed in the festivities of Diwali these days and we are all busy in preparations and celebrations.

      Thanks for your good wishes and have a great weekend!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Crystal Tatum, for reading this hub and your kind comments! Thanks for voting up and the Follow as well.

      Have a good day!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks M G Singh, for your visit and comments!

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      Yum they sound delicious. I hardly ever feel well enough to cook but maybe one of them.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks mylindaelliott, for your visit and lovely comments!

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      Christy Birmingham 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Coconut barfi does sound like a nice treat! I have heard of the celebration and it sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing more about the wonderful traditions that are a part of your life :)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Excellent recipes and a wonderful time of year. I have celebrated this wonderful holiday with Indian friends, and it is now so deeply a part of my life, I take the time to make it a part of my own life.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi ChristyWrites!

      Thank you so much for visiting the hub and appreciating! I am glad you liked this. Thanks for your continued support.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks aviannovice, for your visit and wonderful comments!

      It gives me immense pleasure that you like to celebrate this festival. Thanks for your support!

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      PADMENDRA S R 3 years ago from DELHI/NCR

      I enjoyed reading it as I love celebrating Diwali most. Thanks for sharing.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks padmendra, for reading this hub and appreciating! I am glad you enjoyed it!

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      Karen Robiscoe 3 years ago from California

      I was just wondering what this festival was about the other day--as a friend on fb was posting related memes.

      Now I know!

      A well-rounded HUB, you cover all the senses with your very detailed description. How many days does it last, I wonder?

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks CharronsChatter, for stopping by and commenting!

      It is actually a one day festival but the preparations start much in advance . As I have mentioned above, the entire home is decorated and old furnishings are replaced with new ones. Gifts are purchased or handmade and exchanged with relatives and friends. All this is done with planning and each member of family is happily involved.

      Thanks again and have a great weekend!

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      Diwali sounds like a beautiful and special occasion. I love anything that combines coconut and cardamom. I hope to try these delicious desserts someday. Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks vespawoolf, for visiting this hub and your appreciation!

      Diwali is all about spreading light and happiness. I hope you enjoy the sweet recipes when you try them.

      Thanks for your support!

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      Sp Greaney 3 years ago from Ireland

      We have festivals here, but they aren't as celebrated with as much meaning and tradition as your Diwali festival. It's nice that such a tradition is still upheld and that the meaning behind it isn't lost.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks sangre, for your kind visit and comments!

      I am glad you liked the hub and the purpose behind celebrating festivals in India. Yes the whole idea is to pass on the traditions from one generation to the other.

      Thanks and have a good day!

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you for this sweet recipe and hub. I have heard of the Festival of Lights...it is an amazing event from the looks of it. I have promised myself that I will be there one of these years to celebrate it in your country. I love flower garlands and would love to actually make some. Perhaps that could be a future hub for you? Rated UP/I/A/B and U Sharing. :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Denise Handlon, for stopping by!

      I am very glad that you liked this hub about Diwali. I am thrilled to know that you plan to visit my country in future. I can assure you that you will get a very warm welcome, as Indians are friendly and hospitable people.

      Yes that's a nice hub idea, about making flower garlands.

      Thank you so much for your positive feedback, support and votes up!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Those fireworks are awesome on the video! I imagine this festival is lots of fun for all ages. Thanks for the education.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      A banquet of awesome information, photos and videos. Enjoyed it all including your recipes and will do some sharing. Voted up and more!

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      Andrew Spacey 2 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Thank you for enlightening us again. Very colourful article which I've voted up as beautiful.

      Your culture is so rich Chitrangada, others pale alongside! As someone who loves to travel - recently returned from 6 weeks in south America - I get pangs of yearning to go to India, to soak up some of these festivals and see the wildlife. One day perhaps. Meanwhile, please keep us all up to date with your Indian festivals!

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      India is a country of festivals. Our whole life, we celebrate life and this pulsating feeling of being alive in the form of our innumerable festivities. Deppawali is one such big and exciting festival. ChitrangdaSharan, you have beautifully described all aspects of this beautiful festival. Wish you & everyone a very happy & prosperous Deepawali ! Thank you for this lovely hub.

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      Melinda Longoria, MSM 2 years ago from Garland, Texas

      This was such an interesting hub. Thank u for sharing all this information.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing the interesting information about Diwali. It's a lovely festival. I love the sound of your recipes, too!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Dianna, for stopping by--Much appreciated!

      I am glad you liked this hub and indeed Diwali is an important and joyous festival of India.

      Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Audrey Hunt, for your kind visit and appreciative comments!

      Glad you liked some of the details of the Diwali festival.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks chef-de-jour, for reading the hub!

      I am deeply touched by your appreciative comments about India and Indian culture. It would be great if you visit India. Indians would love to welcome you.

      I am happy to spread some light on Indian culture, traditions and festivals by means of my writing. HP is a great platform to exchange knowledge about different countries and culture.

      Thanks again for your wonderful comments!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Harish Prasadji, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      You are right, Indian festivals give us so many moments of pleasure and togetherness. They definitely rejuvenate our spirits and break the monotony of day-today life.

      Wish you a very happy Deepawali! Thanks for your wonderful comments and continued support!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Melinda Longoria, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      I am glad you liked the hub and the information. Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you AliciaC, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      I am glad you liked the information about the festival of Diwali in this hub.

      Greatly appreciated!

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Dear ChitrangadaSharan, what a glorious hub of so many different features of abundance for all the senses! I now have a better idea about what Diwali is and how it is celebrated. And I love barfi-- so I thank you for the recipe! I also watched the video with the fireworks, which it strikes me, may have been 'made' for the celebration of Diwali? Beautiful! Voted up, beautiful, interesting, pinned and shared! ~Cynthia

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you techgran, for your interest in the Diwali celebrations!

      I am glad you liked the brief description of this auspicious Indian festival.

      Such elaborate fireworks are organised at a community level and many people gather at a big ground to enjoy the incredible fireworks.

      Many thanks you for your appreciation, votes, share and pin!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Your article and the lovely pictures brought back so many lovely memories associated with Diwali. It is fast approaching again and I'm waiting to enjoy Diwali sweets again.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 5 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Rajan Ji for stopping by and appreciating this article!

      Yes the festival season has already started and we can see devotion, enthusiasm, fun, laughter and of course sweets along with so much positivity .

      Thank you for your continued support!

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