The Indian Festival of Lights: Make Diwali Sweets at Home
The Festival Of Lights--Diwali
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. There is a practice to get homes freshly painted and decorated.
New curtains, new bedsheets, new utensils are bought. In short, there is a total makeover of the sweet homes, and the best part is that the whole family is involved in the entire cleaning and decorations of the homes.
All of this is done to welcome Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of health, wealth and prosperity.
Festivals are great occasions to unite with family:
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.
Rangolis or beautiful, colourful designs are drawn by turmeric powder or vermilion for prayers. To decorate floors, colourful sand, or flowers, or rice powder is used to make beautiful Rangolis.
3. Colourful electric lamps
Many people want to decorate their home' s entrance with colourful electric lamps and they look bright and brilliant.
4. Earthen lamps and pots
Earthen lamps or diyas are considered auspicious. Therefor, everyone lights them on the day of Diwali. Lot of shapes, sizes and designs are available in the market to choose from. Some kind of aromatic oil is also dropped in the earthen lamps, for pleasant fragrance in homes.
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.
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. Homemade sweets are made with full care and cleanliness.
Here are some easy to make Diwali sweets.
1. Coconut Barfi
Dry coconut powder 100 gm.
Toned milk 1 litre
Castor sugar 2 tablespoonful
powder 1/2 teaspoonful
Finely chopped nuts 1 tablespoonful
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.
2. The Pious Kheer
The rice kheer is considered the most auspicious offering, during festivals and is prepared almost in every home.
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
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.
Rice Kheer Recipe, Source: YouTube
Diwali Gift Ideas
Diwali sweet, Gulab Jamun, source: You tube
Festival of lights is called Diwali in India. And the festival of colours is called--
Make Someone Smile With Diwali Gift 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 product. Customers buy it in large number, with full enthusiasm, to gift them to their family and friends.
- Special Diwali Melas( fair), are organised prior to Diwali. This is the time of the year, when there is maximum buying, and selling in the markets.
- Even the stock markets have special Muhurat (auspicious time) sessions, that the trading sessions.
- The gifts can be anything, from flowers to chocolates, expensive jewellery, or clothes, goods for home decoration, electrical, or electronic items, sweets, dry fruits, or anything to bring a smile to the loved ones.
Are you familiar with the Indian festival Diwali
Diwali sweets- Make Burfi with milk powder, source: You tube
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