With Diwali just around the corner, joy, excitement and preparations are at its peak. Yes, we are soon approaching the most awaited festival of the year, Diwali the festival of lights. Diwali is one of the festivals that is celebrated in almost every corner of the world.
It is celebrated as a victory of light over darkness, triumph of good over evil, and to honour Ramachandra, the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu).
The gold lit colourful lamps, the artistic lanterns, the beautiful rangolis, the range of flowerpots, sparklers, crackers, shopping and a wide variety of sweets and savouries is a perfect picture we sketch in our minds when we talk about Diwali. It’s one of the festivals where you need not fast but simply feast & relish to the fullest.
With the onset of this festival, people start shopping, decorate their homes, and prepare flavoursome sweets, snacks and other delicacies. There is a lot of positivity, happiness and joy around. The celebrations occur over a period of five days and include numerous traditions, activities, and, yes, tasty treats too. When we talk about tasty treats it is true that food plays a very important role in all celebrations. Sweets and snacks are an integral part of Diwali festival. Yes, gorging on these delicacies will definitely add a few calories on you. But hey it's Diwali, and indulgence is fine during the festival, we can have a detox week later.
Any Indian festival is incomplete without sweets. So, let's begin with the first things first. Have you ever wondered why sweets are an integral part of festival celebrations? Why do we gift our loved ones sweets? Why are Diwali sweets the most gifted item during the season? Let’s find out the significance of gifting sweets. Let’s get back to mythology, link the connections and find out:
Legends have it that after the 14 years exile of Ram and Sita, they were returning back to Ayodhya. The defeat of Ravan and the victory of Ram symbolizes good over evil and so people welcome Lord Ram with decorative rangolis in front of their house and gave sweets to celebrate the happy occasion.
The other epic story is when the Pandavas return from their 13-year exile imposed on them by the Kauravas over a gambling game. Hastinapura was fully illuminated with lights by the people and sweets were distributed as a sign of happiness and joy to welcome the Pandavas back.
Diwali is also celebrated as the victory of Lord Krishna over the evil king Narakasura.
In recent years Diwali signifies the end of the harvest season and the beginning of a new year and so farmers exchange sweets with each other as a mark of celebrating the harvest and being thankful for the abundant crops.
It is also the start of the new accounting year for a businessman as they close their books of account during this period and celebrate their success.
All these stories and more call for celebration and victory and so it becomes very significant that sweets be a part of this grand celebration even now. Here are some traditional sweets which are prepared at almost every home before the festival sets in:
A wide range of Ladoos is prepared for Diwali celebrations. Besan Ladoo, Coconut Ladoo, Boondi Ladoo, Rava Ladoo, Dry fruit Ladoo are some of the most famous varieties prepared. These Ladoos are extremely delicious. Make it, taste it, they just melt in your mouth.
Mohanthal is a fudge-like sweet made with gram flour, ghee, saffron and dry fruits. It has a mouth melting texture and delicious flavour. It is popularly made in Gujarat and Rajasthan on the auspicious occasion of Diwali.
Gulab Jamun is one of the classic Indian sweets which is prepared on many festivals and special occasions. It’s easy to make and is preferred by all. The succulent sugar dipped juicy Jamuns are definitely a treat for everyone. Some like it hot, some like it cold. Hot or cold it’s simply yum.
The humble yet sweet treat halwa again is something made in almost every household be it any occasion. Halwa is an Indian version of a sweet pudding that is enjoyed during festivals, religious and special occasions. Wide variety of halwa like Gajar (carrot) Halwa, Lauki Halwa, Moong dal Halwa, Atta Halwa are prepared during the festive occasion of Diwali.
Kaju Katli is a star of Indian sweets. It is one of the most famous sweets that is perfect for any celebrations, whether it be Raksha Bandhan, Navratri or Diwali. It’s an Indian version of fudge made with powdered cashew nuts and sugar. Nowadays there are many variations of Kaju Katli like Chocolate Kaju Katli, Kesar (saffron) Kaju Katli, Anjeer (fig) Kaju Katli and many more are prepared. Also, a wide variety of Kaju Rolls with different flavours like Kaju Anjeer roll, Kaju Pista Roll, Kaju Badam roll, Kaju Mawa roll are enjoyed.
Diwali celebration is incomplete without Gujiyas. Gujiyas are sweet dumplings made of maida and filled with khoya and dry fruits mixture and deep-fried in ghee. The crisp outer layer and sweet inside filling will take on your senses. Nowadays Gujiyas are prepared with many variations like Coconut Gujiyas, Rava Gujiyas, and even chocolate Gujiyas are made.
We know your sweet cravings and we know this is the best time for such Indulgence. Preparing sweets and snacks can be a bit difficult if you are busy with other preparations and can’t find the time, don’t be disheartened. Be assured you can enjoy all this and more with JustHaat. We at justhaat.com have ensured that all of you enjoy and celebrate this Diwali to the fullest and so we have a wide range of sweets & snacks stacked on our shelves waiting to be picked just for you.
‘Let this Diwali be A sky full of lights, Mouth full of sweets and heart full of Joy.’ JustHaat wishes you all “A very happy and prosperous Diwali”.
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