Diwali 2022: Celebrating the Festival of Lights with Gifts of Love!
The flickering light of thousands of diyas, entertaining shapes made by blinking fairy lights, a chilly breeze, and a sense of excitement. Prayers, sweets, parties, and hopefully, fewer crackers. That’s Diwali! A festival that gives one the feel of the onset of winters and coziness. This year, it falls on October 24th. If you're looking to celebrate Diwali with your friends and family in 2022 in the most heartfelt way, keep reading this article for never-seen-before gift ideas!
The Cultural Significance
Diwali commemorates the return of Lord Rama to his home in Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. It was the day when Lord Krishna defeated the demon king Narakaasura, and so it is believed that the auspicious time marks the victory of good over evil and light over darkness.
From being celebrated by millions of people in the whole of India, Diwali is celebrated a bit uniquely in every household. Each family has a different tradition that they follow. “Mom used to make ‘Dahi Bhalla every year on Diwali, and we used to like them so much”, says Ira when asked about how she celebrates the festival. She adds, “There was a utensil made of silver that was kept in the locker and only taken out to serve ‘prasad’ or offering to the God and Goddesses on Diwali.” The offering used to be Indian sweet ‘Jalebi’ with milk. She still follows this tradition, and it makes her Diwali perfect. Just like Ira’s home traditions, some people celebrate the festival by gifting their families and people who are not families but are just as close. These are the people who make living easy, safe, and happy. House helps, cooks, guards, and their children. Diwali is all about celebration, and no one should be left behind. Lighting candles and lamps, wearing new clothes, and eating festive foods is the vibe. Families gather to pray, exchange gifts, and tell stories. The days leading up to Diwali are marked by busy preparations as people clean their homes and buy new clothes and jewelry.
The 5 Days of Diwali
Diwali is a five-day festival, celebrated as Dhanteras, Naraka Chaturdasi, Lakshmi Puja, Govardhan Puja, and Bhai Dooj on consecutive days.
The first day, Dhanteras is celebrated as the birth of Lord Dhanvantari, who imparted the knowledge of Ayurveda to mankind. This day marks the celebration of health, wealth, and prosperity.
The second day, Naraka Chaturdasi or Choti Diwali is celebrated as the victory over the demon king Naraka.
On the third day, Lakshmi Puja is celebrated by praying to Goddess Lakshmi. It is believed that the goddess descends on earth and blesses the people with luck, prosperity, and happiness.
The fourth day, Govardhan Puja is celebrated to commemorate the day when Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan mountain to provide shelter to the villagers and all the animals and birds living there.
The fifth and final day of Diwali is known as Bhai Dooj. This day strengthens the brother-sister bond when they pray for each other’s safety and well-being.
Diwali Food and Recipes
One of the best things about Diwali is the food! There are so many different delicious dishes to enjoy. Here are some of our favorites:
- Samosas: These crispy, triangular pastries are filled with a savory mixture of potatoes, peas, and spices.
- Paneer Tikka: This popular dish is made from cubes of paneer (a type of cheese) marinated in spices and grilled in a tandoor oven.
- Chicken Tikka Masala: Chicken tikka is marinated in spices and yogurt, then grilled. It is then simmered in a creamy tomato sauce with ginger, garlic, and spices.
- Dal Makhani: This creamy lentil dish is a favorite among vegetarians and meat-eaters.
- Bhatura: This fluffy, deep-fried bread is perfect for dipping into chickpeas or other curries.
- Gulab Jamun: These sweet, doughnut-shaped pastries are made from milk solids, sugar, and spices, and are often served with a cardamom-scented syrup.
- Kheer: This classic Indian dessert is made from cooked rice, milk, sugar, and spices, and is often garnished with nuts and raisins.
There are endless possibilities when it comes to Diwali cuisine! Whether you're looking for a savory snack or a hearty dessert, there's something for everyone.
The Guide to Gifting!
This Diwali, send a gift to your loved ones, your family and friends, and the people who make life worth living. At Wrapping Happiness, we have got you covered with premium gifts, leather gifts, home décor, gifts that will make your eyes shine, and gifts that will make the festival celebrations just perfect.
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Diwali is a time for celebration and joy. Whether you're celebrating in India or elsewhere, make sure to enjoy the festivities and light up your life with the joy of Diwali!