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Diwali 2013On Sunday, 3rd November 2013, it is Diwali, the biggest and the happiest of all Hindu festivals. It is celebrated to welcome the Hindu prince Rama from 14 years of exile. Rama was the reincarnation of Hindu god Vishnu and he was sentenced to 14 years in exile by his wicked step-mother who wanted her own son to become the king.
During Diwali oil lamps are lit everywhere to welcome Rama who was supposed to have returned in the evening. That's where the name 'Festival of Lights' came from. During Diwali, the Hindus also worship Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, as she reincarnated as Rama's wife Sita. To welcome Lakshmi, Indian homes have oil-lit lamps through to the early hours of the morning as it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi never enters a dark home!
When Rama was in exile, the demon king Ravana abducted his wife Sita whom Rama rescued from him. To celebrate this victory of good over evil, people made up straw effigies of Ravana and set them off filled with fire crackers. Hence the tradition of fireworks during Diwali.
Diwali is a festival when sweetmeats are the main food items. One can end up with a multitude of sweets and sweetmeats made exclusively from coconut as it is believed to be the fruit of the gods. Every ritual starts with a coconut which is cracked opened and placed at the altar before ceremonies begin.
Vegetarian food is the order of the day during Diwali because the Hindu religion is based on the principle of 'Ahimsa' (non-violence) which also means that you should not destroy another life for your own pleasure.
Here are two vegetarian recipes for you to enjoy during Diwali!
- Mridula Baljekar
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