Diwali, or Deepavali as it is known in Southern India fell on October 28th in 2008. The holiday is Hindu in origin but now Indians of all religions (and that is a lot of religions!) celebrate the Festival of Light. As the days get shorter, colder, and darker, Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. The force of good is represented by candles, fireworks, elaborate light displays, and lanterns. The holiday is a time for friends and family to gather, exchange small gifts, and eat a lot of sweets.
- Besan Laddu (sweet chickpea flour balls)
- Carrot Halwa (sweet mixture of nuts, raisins, milk, and cheese) This is a video!
- Kalakand (sweet milky pudding)
- Pav Bhaji (mashed, roasted, spiced vegetable patties)
Just a note of warning: you will probably need to visit an Asian or specifically Indian grocer for some of these items, or you can order them online.