Kandeel (source: Wikipedia)
Diwali is a time for new beginnings, a reboot if you will, before winter finally arrives. It celebrated like most winter festivities, with lots of illumination for your home and lots of calorific but tasty foods for your body. Diwali is among the many festivals celebrated just around the time when we all need something bright and cheerful to take our attention off the onset of a long and dreary winter.
Diwali is also a time of new beginnings, time to start new ventures and wear new clothes. To mark the occasion, I am wearing my new sweater. I will also be making karanjis (turnovers with a coconut filling) and chivda (trail mix with nuts and other crunchy stuff), later this evening and putting up Christmas lights in my windows, and may be carving a Jack’ O Lantern or two, in place of a kandeel (paper lantern).
Diwali is celebrated over several days and the festivities start on the fourteenth day of the month of Kartik, in the Hindu lunar calendar. Besides the new clothes, another highlight entails exchange of gifts of snacks especially made for Diwali. How will you be celebrating the Festival of Lights?