Here at Fiestah, we’re all about embracing different cultures and their amazing celebrations. Diwali is no exception! This ancient Hindu festival is usually celebrated in October or November, which depends on the cycle of the moon. This year, our Hindu, Jains and Sikh friends will celebrate Diwali (or Deepavali) on October 23!
For those of us who aren’t in the know, what exactly is Diwali?
Diwali means “row of lighted lamps”, and celebrates the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. Hence the name, Festival of Lights! The festival runs for five days, with Diwali actually falling on the third day of celebrations.
D.I.Y.- Wali Decorations: Glittery Diya Holders
To celebrate the five days of Diwali, homes are decorated with lights, using small lamps called “diyas”. Make your own tea light holder with colorful stacks of bangles! Glue the glittery glass bangles together in a short, neat stack and place around a tea light candle. It will take less than ten minutes!
Indulge in Hearty Indian Meals
What’s a good time without mouth watering food to celebrate with? Our buds at Curry Kitchen have the perfect buffet of currylicious treats! You can trust all the dishes are authentically prepared, and serve as the perfect introduction to the complex flavors of Indian cuisine.
Try their specials this Diwali such as Chicken Tikka Masala, cooked in tomato and cream sauce as well as Lamb Vindaloo with hot chilies, rich spices and a tinge of vinegar. We personally love Curry Kitchen’s Biryani, which is slow cooked rice with a touch of saffron, cardamom and bay leaf.
Sweet Treats: Coconut Ladoo
Sweets are another awesome part of any celebration, and Diwali is no different. While it might be a bit difficult to have access to traditional sweets, make some tasty ones at home!
We love this deliciously addictive coconut ladoo recipe, and you’ll only need sweetened condensed milk, desiccated coconut, raw almonds and butter or ghee. Best part? It’ll only take 15 minutes to make!
Enjoy Bollywood Tunes!
This lovely rendition of Chorie Chorie Chupke Chupke (From the movie of the same name, starring the hunky Salman Khan and the gorgeous Preity Zinta) is courtesy of the Bollywood String Ensemble. Also known as The Dolce Ensemble, these talented folks will entertain you with arrangements of popular Bollywood and Bhangra tunes that will knock your socks off!
May light enter everyone’s spaces this week, Shubh Diwali!
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