Diwali is here early this Year! A ‘Hip Hip Hurray’ acknowledgement to the folks at ASDA who sent me this beamingly gorgeous Diwali Hamper. Read on to know more about the festival of lights and as I unveil a little more about the hamper.
Diwali also known as the “Festival of Lights” is one of the famous festivals in Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism. This festival is often associated with preparation of Sweetmeats and Mithai and fireworks display. But there is a lot beyond and far. This festival also marks the return of Lord Rama from his 14 years of exile !
As in Britian, we begin our spring cleaning, redecoration, start buying presents for friends and family , shop for traditional clothes , prepare sweetmeat ,garnish the house with a row of lights and so on. For a lot of people the celebration stretches over 5 days. But back home, we celebrate it just on that one day.
On this day, the house is brightly lit with lamps. Children often enjoy fireworks display and also get to burst a few crackers under the supervision of the adults. All the sweetmeat and savoury delights are distributed among friends and family. It is also believed that Goddess Lakshmi enters the house that is brightly lit and is well kept. People worship the goddess, so she could bestow the family with wealth and prosperity.
This year, its has been extremely tiresome moving to our New Home over the last one month but what is more exciting is getting the house ready for Diwali. We still have a couple of brown carton boxes in every room and its fun sorting out unwanted stuff and just keeping what is needed. Spring cleaning in true form !! We have made so many visits to the tip, clearing stuff that are unwanted or have been hoarded over the years.
Celebration has kicked off early this year with a gorgeous hamper from Asda. The Festive hamper was beaming with goodies from Homecare, Personal care and Cooking selections. Everything you need to prepare your home for Diwali ! What makes it all the more special is that the brands are indeed Indian, transporting you back home. Carefully handpicked Homecare range catered to the dishwasher tablets, scorcher, surface cleaner and wipes – everything you need to tidy your house and make them sparkling clean.
Personal care range actually came as a surprise with Vatika Amla Hair Oil (just what I needed) and a Vatika Honey facewash.
Cooking selection had Kohinoor Basmati rice, KTC Oil, Rajah Chilli Powder, a Bombay Mix and my favourite Rubicon Mango Juice.
Phirni is something that tastes delightful with the Basmati Rice. Here is the recipe if you would like to make them at home. Or you could even try a full proof Vegetable Biryani, Paneer Biryani , Vegetable Pulao and Methi Corn Pulao for a meal.
For Diwali Sweets, you could try Gajar ka Halwa , Maaladu, Phirni, Homemade Chocolates. I am also all geared to up prepare something exciting for this year. Stay tuned on to my space to see some really simple Diwali sweets.
On this note, I would like to wish my readers a Very Happy Diwali in advance .