Deepavali – The name itself conjures up memories of early morning oil baths, new clothes, sweets and savouries, families getting together to celebrate the occasion of the vanquishing of good over evil.Deepavali as a festival signifies, the conquest of light over darkness.To Hindus, darkness represents ignorance, and light is a metaphor for knowledge. Therefore, lighting a lamp symbolizes the destruction, through knowledge, of all negative forces- wickedness, violence, lust, anger, envy, greed, bigotry, fear, injustice, oppression and suffering.
Most of the best clothes that I have had all through my childhood would be bought for Deepavali. Many times, we would buy this over the Navarathri holidays and get it stiched and it would be most exciting to feel the fabric of silk through my fingers and wait for the big day with anticipation and longing!!! My grandmother would get up very early and have her oil bath and apply oil for all of us grandkids. This practise signifies “Ganga Snan” or a holy dip in the Ganges. She would then give us the new clothes which we would gleefully adorn after getting her blessings. The kids would run outside to burst crackers. New clothes would be worn and Deepavali Sweets would be eaten by one and all.Some of the sweets and savouries that we make at home for Deepavali are listed here.
Deepavali Sweets & Savouries:
- Madras Mixture.
- Ribbon Pakoda.
- Mullu Murukku.
- Boondhi Ladoo.
- Badam Halwa.
- Kaju Katli.
- Gulab Jamuns.
- Carrot Halwa.
- Wheat Halwa.
7 thoughts on “Deepavali – Significance and Melee – Deepavali Sweets & Savouries.”
First time here ,must appreciate ur lovely recipes , the ribbion pakodas sound really yummy will surely give a try ..
Loved the Festival of Lights pic !!!
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What bakshanams are coming up Shobha? The kathlis in the first picture are tempting enough and your boondi laddoo fascinates equally.
Fantabulous dishes for diwali, diyas looks great!
Hi Shoba, Nice post, wish you and ur family a very happy Diwali.
Missing the Fervor & enthusiasm of Diwali back in India… seeing this i am transported back to my childhood days…
continue your good work… kudos to your write-up and excellent photos…
Thanks for stopping by yaar. You are tempting me by putting all these Diwali Bhakshanam pic:). Hope you had a wonderful Diwali:).