Browse our series of articles that celebrate Diwali (also called Deepawali or Divali), the festival of lights in India, and be part of one of the biggest celebrations that India has to offer.
Diwali Mythology & Traditions
The Significance And History Of Diwali, The Indian Festival of Lights – Diwali, the festival of lights, comes in the autumn, between the rainy season and winter. The festival is celebrated on the day of ‘Kartika Krishna Paksha Amavashya’ (the day of New Moon) and has great mythological and cultural significance to Hindus in India.
Diwali Celebrations In Different Regions Of India And The World – With Indians migrating to other countries, Diwali is being celebrated as a major festival across the globe. It is celebrated not only in India, but also in many other countries. The celebrations of Diwali differ from region to region. Here are some of the legends associated with Diwali and its celebrations.
Indian Traditions: Karwa Chauth – With Love For My Husband – One of the more fascinating and romantic of Hindu festivals, Karwa Chauth is a day when married Hindu women observe a day-long fast for the long life of their husband. With their sacrifice, women express love for their husband and commitment to their marriage.
Days Of Diwali: Bhai Dooj Festivities Celebrate Sibling Love – Bhai Dooj, Bhai Duj or Bhaubeej, is observed on the last day of the Diwali festival. The Puja procedure, artistically decorated thali, vibrant colors, the significance of the ’tilak’ and most importantly the special bond of love, between brother and sister make this an incredibly significant festival.
Diwali Safety Tips
Safe Diwali Celebrations: Fire-Safety Tips For Kids With Fireworks – For children, fireworks, new clothes and sweets make Diwali the most eagerly awaited festival of the year. Unfortunately, serious injuries from fireworks spoil the fun for many families, with every year bringing a fresh crop of cases. Most of these cases involve children.
Diwali Crackers: Baby-Safety Tips For Diwali Fireworks Displays – Diwali fireworks displays can be an exceptionally sensory experience for babies and young children. However, it is important to be extra careful about safety. Here are a few tips from Dr Lin Day, founder of Baby Sensory on how to make it a fun, safe occasion for your baby and the whole family.
Kids Crafts Project: Diwali Decorations – Rangoli, Toran And Diyas – Diwali in 2010 is on November 5th, and is a lavish festival which is celebrated to the maximum. The excitement is double for your kids if they can help in making reusable rangolis and torans, and in decorating the diyas. These simple and easy to make Diwali decorations will light up your holiday.
Diwali Diyas: Brighten Up the Festivities With Traditional Clay Lamps – Deepavali, in the literal sense, means a row of lamps and is symbolic of the lighting that are integral to the festival. Traditionally, Diwali is celebrated with exquisite lamps that are crafted out of clay. They are an integral part of the festivities and add to the fervor of the celebrations.
Diwali Interior Decorating Ideas For An Attractive, Welcoming Home – Diwali is a festival where Goddess Lakshmi, who is the goddess of wealth, is welcomed into the house and so the house is cleaned and kept ready for that day. Here are some tips to decorate your home and give it a stylish and welcoming look this Diwali.
Diwali Decorations: 3 Last-Minute, Inexpensive Home Decorating Ideas - If you’re a busy mom who’s had no time to get the house decorated in time for your Diwali guests, don’t panic. Here’s how to throw together some unique and last-minute Diwali decorations that will make your home a welcoming place for your visitors.
Diwali Foods & Sweets
Food For Diwali: Organize A Traditional Diwali Feast For Your Family – Apart from the sweets and savories which are eaten at Diwali, the main meals vary depending on the region of India. Much time is spent making the snack and sweet foods of which the Indians are so fond but as the actual Diwali day approaches, attentions are turned to the major feast.
Diwali Sweets Recipes To Delight Your Kids And Your Palate – Sweets are the best way to shower your Diwali blessings on your loved ones. Sweeten your palate and delight your kids with some of the best-loved Diwali sweets recipes on the Indian continent.
Diwali Sweets Recipes: Mouth-Watering Festive Savories For Your Family – Diwali is a time of celebration and apart from the oil lights and candles which decorate homes, the puja and the prayers, special sweets, savories and snacks are central to the festival. Sweets ‘mithai’, of which the Indians are inordinately fond, are given as presents.