The foods that I mentioned here are only the tip of the iceberg in our Indian festival food landscape! Having grown up in a traditional South Indian family, we always celebrated Diwali with understated pomp. I have beautiful memories of Diwali from my childhood wherein my mom would diligently prepare all the sweets and savories. Pulihora, Sweet rice kheer, Kajjikayalu, bobbatlu, and Minapa garelu are a staple in my home for this festival. My dad would help decorate the house with marigold flower garlands and perform the pooja to Goddess Lakshmi. All the prepared food is offered as Naivedyam to the goddess. All of us kids would sit quietly in the pooja dreaming about the soon-to-eat food!
After the pooja, we would all sit in a row and mom would serve all of us first to eat, and only after we finish would she eat. Evenings are a special time that we would look forward to all year for bursting firecrackers. All of us kids would wear new clothes and my dad would do the evening Arati in the pooja room. We would light up about 20+ oil diyas, offer them to the goddess and then place them all around our house outside. All of us kids would get into friendly squabbles on who would start bursting the firecrackers. My brothers and I would always compete with each other to burst the loudest of the crackers. Ours is a middle-class family so it was not like we had a lot to burn but whatever little we had we enjoyed it. Those were the days!
Nowadays I don’t burst any crackers ( being environmentally conscious and all J) but I definitely enjoy the food that comes with Diwali!
All in all, this is a beautiful festival that brings families and friends close and creates beautiful memories for the kids. Happy Diwali to One and All!
Significance of Diwali :
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