Diwali, also popularly known as the Festival of Lights, occurs between mid-October and mid-November every year, and is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for 5 days - based on the lunar Hindu Calendar. In 2010, Diwali begins on November 5.
Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps (called divas) which are filled with oil - signifying the triumph of good over evil. As with other major festivals, food is an important part of the celebrations, festivities and activities during Diwali. Here we've featured some of the more popular Diwali recipes for the preferred food items at this time of the year.
Days before Diwali, the females of the family will typically start preparing traditional Diwali delicacies for the family and friends. At Diwali, one of the customs is the exchange of sweets between friends and neighbors. In effect, there is no real Diwali without sweets and savories that are specially made at home. Hence the need for these handy Diwali recipes that we've featured here.
The list of Diwali special sweet dishes and delicacies is exhaustive, and here we've featured some of the more popular ones for you, including Badam Phirni, Gulab Jamun, Peda, Besan Ke Ladoo, Jalebi, Rasmalai, Channar Payesh and Karanji.