Holiday Traditions

Diwali – A Festival of Lights – November 14

Derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Dipavali’, which means a row of lights, Diwali has been celebrated since time immemorial. Diwali is celebrated 20 days after Lord Ram killed Ravana (Dusshera) and rescued Sita from captivity in Lanka. The celebration marks the return of Lord Ram to Ayodha after 14 years of exile.

Observed by millions of HindusSikhs and Jains across the world. Diwali is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness. For five days beginning November 14, family and friends gather for shopping and exchanging gifts. Traditional gifts include new clothes, jewelry, sweets, diyas (oil lanterns), and firecrackers.

Indian food is a centerpiece of Diwali celebrations. A favorite is the samosa. A spicy, crispy delight that both children and adults love. As Covid-19 continues to limit our social gatherings, consider making a batch of samosas as a special treat to honor this culturally rich tradition. Click here for an easy baked samosa recipe from allrecipes.com.

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