What does Diwali mean to you?
BY: Indian Mart
Nov 1, 2018
- The festival of light is on its way, and with the dark evenings settling in and the cold weather here to stay, what better way to brighten up the skies, get together and warm yourselves up over the Indian celebration of Diwali.
- This festivity is the time for the indulgence of coming together to celebrate the new forthcomings, and good triumphing over evil. With flickering candle lights illuminating window panes and doorways, and the ambrosial scent of sweet delicacies this is a celebration you won’t want to miss.
- This festival has unique meanings to those of different faiths; for some, the worshipping of the goddess Lakshmi, a goddess of wealth and the belief that she was incarnated amongst the depths of a never ending ocean. Sikh’s mark this celebration as the day of Bandi Chhor Divas; A time to remember the release of Guru Hargobind Singh’s duration in confinement, where he then rescued 52 princes.
- Within the essence of the largest Asian community in Leicester, it’s renowned for its awe-inspiring celebration of Diwali, where you can admire the colour bursting fireworks, and the streets twinkling with over 6000 lights. This two-week cultural experience along Belgrave road includes a street buzz like no other, a feeling of togetherness of all faiths and religions and the infamous golden mile allowing you to experience the sensational traditional food and entertainment.
- Food lovers, get ready! Diwali is a time where creativity in the kitchen thrives and with an endless selection of both savoury and sweet treats, there is something out there for everyone’s taste buds. It is likely that you have tried Samosa’s before, but there is nothing better than a freshly made flaky pastry parcel filled with steamy vegetables and spices! If you’re feeling creative, grab your apron and make your own samosas with our easy to follow recipe! Click here for recipe
- For those with a sweet tooth, there are so many delectable treats that you’ll definitely satisfy those cravings during this festive period! A favourite of ours is milk peda, a combination of condensed milk and that complimentary flavour cardamom spice. Fancy giving this sweet treat a go? click here for recipe.
- With this celebration recognised as the festival of light, there are more intricate details and meanings behind the lit candles and shimmering firework displays. Lanterns hanging in porch ways of homes are an indication of the god’s grace, and to flood your home with such strong illumination that all darkness is eliminated. With this love and warmth intertwined amongst those, exchanging delicately wrapped gifts, the aroma of sweet and nutty Elaichi amongst the waves of gun powder from the fireworks, sounds of laughter and music, and helping those that are in need are key elements of Diwali.
- So now is the perfect time to embark on a cultural experience! Gather your loved ones; make your very own Diwali from the comfort of your own home, making sweets and treats under the essence of candle lights.; or wrap up in your thick scarves and hats and head on down to one of the most spectacular festivals of the year and indulge in this beautiful culture infused celebration!