If you happened to be in India a week ago, you would be well aware of Diwali– our New Year, roughly translated into the “Festival of Lights.” It is one of our (and when I say our I’m referring to Indian people haha) biggest celebrations of the year, and has a religious as well as cultural context to the holiday. My family and I usually have a party or get together around this time of year, but were not able to this year (busy with work n’ things- you know the deal, haha). But we still celebrate with all of the traditions- my mom for- 1 week straight- makes homemade snacks and sweets and sets a small portion aside for Laxmi and the other deities. When you’re making food for any of the Gods, it cannot be tasted- he or she must be the first to have a taste on the night of Diwali! We celebrate with a religious pooja and then we FEAST nom nom nom!
Here is a look at how we celebrated Diwali…
From the left: Chiroti (recipe can be found here-vegan); Chukkli; Rice Chooda; Spicy Sev; Charchikai and the center is: Holgi
Our beautiful Laxmi adorned with gold, diamonds, rubies- you name it! She is, afterall, the good of Success & Prosperity. It is said that in a Hindu family, when a girl is born into the family, it is as if Laxmi has entered the family. AKA girls bring the mula! 😛
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Creamy Maharashtrian Chole (Garbanzo Beans)