Deepavali, or Diwali, the Festival of Lights (deep = light avali = a row of lights) is around the corner, falling on 29th October this year.
Observed by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs and some Buddhists, the festival may mark different historical events and stories, but they all symbolise the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, hope over despair.
Lights and flowers are inextricable components of this festival. Intricate diyas, flowers and rangoli are often set up around the home or at the entrance of homes. One of the most traditional Diwali decorating ideas is setting up and creating rangoli artwork in the entryway of each home. Traditionally, each home displayed intricate rangoli designs at their front door. The patterns are often beautified with diyas and flowers.
It’s also common to find other floral arrangements around the home to add some festive Deepavali cheer. Consider some modern, eclectic arrangements:
(Floral design by Sing See Soon)
And of course, who could forget those yummy snacks?
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The best part of any holiday celebration is without a doubt: the food! Sharing and passing them around, munching on them happily and catching up.
Some popular sweets and snacks are butter murukku, made with butter and rice flour and spices. There’s also mysore bonda, which is a crisp, soft and fluffy fritter made with urad dal, spices and fresh coconut bits, as well as savory snacks like aloo bonda, deep friend with gram flour batter stuffed with spiced mashed potatoes.
Madam Murukku offers her own original spin on these snacks. For example, her original crunch recipe offers: “A perfect blend of rice flour, urid dhal, sesame seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida herb and salt delicately fried in vegetable oil for the fullest flavor and maximum crunch.”
Deepavali is one of our favourite holiday celebrations, and it’s not hard to see why!
Wishing all who celebrate, a happy Deepavali!