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Diwali is the most important and biggest festival of the year in India, which is commemorated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists all around the world. It is a festival of lights, crackers, prayer, and firework displays, and adults & children all love this festival because of that. While Diwali holds significance for a variety of reasons, the core significance is the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. Alike many other festivals, the celebration of Diwali is also going to be affected by COVID-19, but as we are accepting new normal, we will find a new normal for honouring this special festival as well. 

Why Do We Celebrate Diwali?

Many stories are related to the celebration of Diwali, here are five most popular mythical and historical stories why Diwali is a great time to celebrate.

1- The Victory of Lord Rama: On the new moon day of Kartik month, Lord Ram, Ma Sita, and Lakshman returned to Ayodhya after defeating the king of Lanka Ravana. The citizens of Ayodhya celebrated their return by decorating the entire city with the earthen lamps, and thus Diwali is celebrated in honor of Lord Rama's victory.

2- Nirvana of Mahavir Tirthankar: Tirthankar Mahavir, who is considered as the founder of modern Jainism, abandoned his royal life and left his family to become an ascetic, undertaking fasting and bodily mortifications and it is also believed that he attained his nirvana on the day of Diwali and so Diwali is considered a special day for Jains.

3- Red-Letter Day for Sikhs: The day of Diwali is very important for the Sikhs as on this day in 1577 the foundation stone of the Golden Temple at Amritsar was laid, and in 1619, the sixth Sikh Guru Hargobind, who was held captive by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, was released. The third Sikh Guru Amar Das endowed Diwali as a Red-Letter Day when all Sikhs would gather to receive the Gurus blessings. 

4- The Birthday of Goddess Lakshmi: According to mythology, Goddess Lakshmi was first incarnated on the Amavasya of the Kartik month during Samudra-Manthan. She is the Goddess of wealth and thus strongly associated with Diwali. 

5- Coronation of King Vikramaditya: One of the greatest kings of India history- Vikramaditya was crowned on the day of Diwali, and so this day also holds historical significance. He was a legendary emperor who was the ideal king, known for his generosity, courage, and patronage of scholars. 

When is Diwali 2020??

This year Diwali is on November 14, 2020. Diwali festivals run for five days, which starts from the 13th day of the dark half of the lunar month Ashvina to the second day of the light half of Karttika i.e., November 12, 2020, to November 16, 2020. These dates usually fall in late October or November, according to the Gregorian calendar. The main event of Diwali is on the third day. 

Let's take a look at the five-day festival that will go something like this in 2020:

  • Day 1 - Dhanteras (November 12, 2020)
  • Day 2 - Chhoti Diwali (November 13, 2020)
  • Day 3 - Lakshmi Puja (November 14, 2020)
  • Day 4 - New Year (November 15, 2020)
  • Day 5 - Bhai Dooj (November 16, 2020)

What is the Significance of Rangoli in Diwali??

Diwali is recognized for the beautiful rangolis and its beauty & colors. At Diwali, almost every house in India will have its entrance decorated with beautifully designed and coloured handmade rangolis of various patterns. It is an old tradition passed to us by our ancestors and holds importance during Diwali. Rangolis are assumed to have a spiritual perspective and benefits. It is said that with the change of color, design, and form, the vibration of rangoli changes as well.

In ancient times women used to chant sacred bhajans while creating rangoli, especially if it is a rangoli for Diwali. On such auspicious occasions drawing rangolis can have a positive impact on people. Every specific design and pattern of rangoli creates a pool of energy, which motivate and channelize positive energy in people. People only used natural materials such as sindoor, Haldi, rice powder, etc. and so they were naturally-friendly too.

Food Recipe's for Diwali:

There are so many Diwali special recipes, which include the Diwali sweets recipes and snacks that we usually made at home. Here are a few easy delicious Diwali recipes that you can make at home for your friends and family to make their day special

1- Dates and Nuts Ladoo:

Ingredients:

  • 20-25 large dates 
  • 1/4 cup mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts)
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut (optional)

Method:

  • In a shallow pan, roast all the nuts on medium heat for a few minutes and set them aside.
  • Let them cool.
  • Now remove the seeds from the dates.
  • In a pan, cook those dates till they are soft.
  • Roast desiccated coconut for few seconds as well.
  • In a blender, blend the dates and then add all the nuts. 
  • Mix the dates and nuts well in a blender.
  • Now take small portions of the mixture and roll them into balls.
  • Roll them in desiccated coconut to give it an appealing look.
  • You can add sugar if you like more sweet taste.
  • Your Diwali special sweet is now ready.

2- Hara Bhara Kebab:

Ingredients:

  • 3 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 50 gms spinach
  • 100 gms peas
  • 3 tsp garlic
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1 green chili
  • 1 cup coriander leaves
  • 4 boiled potatoes
  • 1 tsp Chaat masala
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup cornflour
  • 1 Lemon
  • Salt to taste

For Garnishing:

  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 1 chopped onion
  • Chutney you like

Method:

  • In a pan, take peas, spinach, salt, and sugar. Boil them properly and then keep them in cold water.
  • Now roast cumin and coriander seeds well.
  • In a blender jar, add garlic, ginger, green chili, coriander leaves, and the roasted coriander and cumin seeds. Blend them well into a paste.
  • In a large bowl, take boiled potatoes, add salt, chaat masala, the paste, bread crumbs, cornflour, and lemon. Mix them properly.
  • Now take a small portion and make round balls and then press it to give it a shape like a disk.
  • Take a pan with some oil and put these disks into it for frying. Fry till they are brownish.
  • Serve hot with garnishing of Chaat masala, chutney, chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, and lemon.

3- Cherry and Ginger Ice Tea

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp vanilla syrup
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 ml of ginger juice
  • 75 ml of cherry juice
  • 10 ml of lime juice
  • 25 ml of grapefruit juice

Method:

  • In a bowl, all the ingredients i.e., vanilla syrup, sugar, ginger, cherry, lime, and grapefruit juice.
  • Now take a highball glass and add ice.
  • Strain the mixture over the ice.
  • Garnish with ginger and cherry.

 

Try these recipes at home this Diwali and impress your friends and family. And to make these dishes even tastier, add in the exotic spices of Vasant Masala, we are the largest spices manufacturers in Gujarat. Buy the high-quality and purest masala from the e-store today!