Hundreds of millions of Hindus are celebrating Diwali these days. Music, firecrackers, fireworks, sweets and lots of light to celebrate the Hindu New Year. But Diwali is, above all, a very spiritual experience to be around your loved ones.
Diwali is to our Hindu friends what Christmas is to the vast majority of us. The Festival of Lights or Diwali commemorates the mythical triumph of the god Rama against the demon Ravana. In addition, these days celebrate the Hindu New Year with celebrations in every corner of India.
In today’s post we want to pay tribute to all our friends, clients and relatives for whom the distance from their country of origin (India) is no obstacle to celebrate Diwali. After all, the magic of the festival of lights has no limits.
If you have also heard about Diwali, if you have a friend who is far away from his loved ones at this time of the year or if you are like us and have fallen into the beauty of this festival, here are some tips for you to celebrate Diwali from afar.
1. Turn on millions of lights!
Diwali is the Festival of Lights. That is why oil lamps (diyas) and candles cannot miss. On Hindu New Year’s Eve you can fill your house with little diyas that will light up the evening. The more there are the prettier it gets.
2. Welcome home in a joyful way
To celebrate Diwali it is common to decorate home entrances with rangoli designs (with colored sands or other materials). You can buy them prefabricated or, if you are skilled, make them with your own hands. It’s the way to welcome your visitors that magical night. In this article we leave you with some tips on how to make your own rangoli.
3. Start the Hindu New Year by purifying your home
It is customary for homes to be cleaned carefully and with special dedication in the days leading up to the Diwali celebration. It’s a great way to get rid of what you don’t need and do a thorough cleaning, both material and spiritual. In the end, it is what, according to our Hindu friends, we must do in our soul: purify.
4. Prepare tasty typical and traditional Diwali recipes
One of the best ways to celebrate Diwali is to have a delicious dinner with your loved ones and share sweets. As we said at the beginning, it’s kind of like Christmas in Spain.
Invite your friends and loved ones to a delicious meal prepared by you to welcome the Hindu New Year. A very typical and delicious dish is Chicken Tikka Massala with rice that despite having a long list of ingredients is easy to prepare. You can also go for a good Lamb Biryani, although this is a more risky and original option for which you will have to put more effort 😉
For those with a sweet tooth: you can choose a delicious Soan Papdi. A dessert with its own authentic flavour, aesthetically very similar to nougat, but with a totally different taste.
There are thousands of traditional Diwali recipes on the internet. Go ahead and make the one you like best.
5. Dress joyfully
The clothes we wear are an essential item to celebrate Diwali. As in India, clothes should be festive, cheerful and colourful. You have to welcome the new year, so you have to do it in style.
6. And the most important thing:
“Diwali is the victory of good over evil. It reminds us that we have to follow the right path, that it is necessary to do good.”
Let distance never be an obstacle! Celebrate Diwali in good company and, above all, enjoy other traditions and cultures with your loved ones… Share the culture!
Here’s our special rangoli to wish you all a Happy Diwali!