How to celebrate Diwali
Diwali or Dipavali is the Hindu Festival of Lights, celebrated in Autumn. It’s one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism and symbolises ‘the victory of light over darkness’.
What are the origins of Diwali?
The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, which means ‘row of lighted lamps’. Homes, shops and public places are decorated with small oil lamps called Diyas. It takes place annually and lasts for five days, marking the start of the Hindu New Year.
There are many different legends describing the origins of the festival, but the theme of most is that good triumphs over evil. In Northern India, Hindus celebrate the return of the gods Rama and Sita to the city of Ayodhya, after defeating an evil king. In Bengal, during Diwali people worship the goddess Kali who is the destroyer of evil forces. Nepal celebrates Lord Krishna’s victory over a wicked king called Narakaasura.
How to decorate for Diwali
Spending time with friends, family, and loved ones is a key part of the Diwali celebrations. Another important part is the decorations! Of course the Diya lamps are included, as well as other candles and pretty lights. If you want to decorate your home for Diwali, think bright colours, strings of lights, candles, and potpourri. Some houses even have fireworks!
What to eat at Diwali
Food plays a very important role at Diwali, as it sees friends, family, and the community come together to dine. It’s a custom to make dishes at home during Diwali, but the way it’s eaten depends on what traditions the family follows.
Sweet Diwali Dishes
Sweets are a huge part of the Diwali experience. It’s common to exchange sweets with family and friends, celebrating and enjoying together. Here are our suggestions for sweet treats this Diwali.
- VeeTee’s heavenly snack bars are a delicious blend of mixed fruit and seeds, peanut butter, honey and more. They’re full of flavour and are ideal for any sweet tooth, plus they give a good burst of energy for dancing at Diwali!
- For a dessert, why not try sweet spiced rice pudding. It’s creamy with delicate spices. Devilishly indulgent – the perfect sweet celebration dish.
Savoury Diwali Dishes
When it comes to savoury dishes at Diwali, they are mostly vegetarian.
- If you’re looking for a dish that will serve lots of people, but isn’t too hard to cook, try VeeTee Mega paneer fried rice. It can be created quickly but packs a punch with its flavour.
- A traditional Indian curry will be a hit at any Diwali party. VeeTee’s vegetable curry is healthy, but still feels indulgent. Perfect for a party.
- If you’re celebrating Diwali with a dinner party, let VeeTee’s Mega jewelled rice stack be the star of your show. With its crown like structure it will certainly wow your guests.
Stock up on VeeTee ready for your Diwali feast. Enjoy!