For those of you that don’t know…Diwali is known as the “festival of lights” and is one of the most important festivals of the year for an Indian. Diwali is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes.
My fondest memories of Diwali are of when I lived in England. Each year my mom would give us a gigantic list of cleaning tasks. We didn’t rest until the house was fit for a visit from the Queen. After all the dusting and polishing we would open the windows (no matter how cold) and place a little diya (votive candle) on the ledge in hopes to entice Lakshmi. Then all the fun stuff came, tons of delicious food, decadent Indian sweets, fireworks, family and friends coming together to celebrate. Diwali brings out the best in everyone and it is customary to pull out all the stops with regards to food, clothing and decor.
Here are my favorite ideas for food, fashion and fun for modern Desis to celebrate Diwali 2011. Who doesn’t love a good samosa? Go to Sailu’s Kitchen to get easy to follow step-by-step instructions www.sailusfood.com. Splurge and buy a stunning suit by Payal Singhal from Exclusively In www.exclusively.in. A suit by Payal will make a statement at any Diwali party. Instead of fireworks this year why not light a sky lantern? Sky lanterns are a beautiful site, but can be dangerous so please follow the instructions carefully and don’t forget to make a wish.