Diwali or “festival of lights” is India’s largest and most important holiday The five day festival began yesterday and we have been having a great time learning about and trying out some of the traditions of this wonderful celebration. In advance of Diwali we spent time increasing our knowledge of India through books, videos and music. However, once Diwali started we have been busy cooking, creating, and enjoying the festivities.
Yesterday we spent most of the day in the kitchen preparing for a lavish vegan feast inspired by Indian cuisine. We made a double batch our favorite flat bread recipe to be served with Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s recipes for 2nd Avenue Vegetable Korma and Red Lentil and Root Veggie Dal. For desert we feasted on homemade Chocolate Chai Ice Cream (words can’t describe how amazing this flavor combination is) and Chocolate Chip Chai Spice Shortbread. The younger Fives set a beautiful table and we ate by candle light after dressing up in our finest attire. After desert we headed to the living room for a great round of dancing to some fabulous Hindi Pop.
Today we thoroughly cleaned the car as the act of cleaning during Diwali is considered auspicious Then it was off to use chalk to decorate our sidewalk with Rangoli. Five of Hearts has spent a great deal of time making a card for Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and is hoping that we will receive the goddesses blessing before Diwali is over. Still on the agenda is watching some of the firework displays that mark the holiday. This festival of light has definitely been most welcome during such a dark time of year here in Maine.