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7 Ways to Celebrate Diwali: The Festival of Lights

Diwali is one of the most important holidays within the Hinduism religion. Translated as “The Festival of Lights,” Diwali is a fun and exciting holiday that adults and kids alike look forward to all year around.

One of the main traditions of Diwali derives from the root of the actual word “Diwali,” which means “row of lamps.” People who celebrate Diwali light clay oil lamps that are a symbol of "good." Families celebrate Diwali by decorating their homes in traditional folk art, lighting the "diyas," which are the oil lamps and enjoy lots of sweet and spicy foods. Here's a few of the Web's best inspiration for foods and crafts you can enjoy as you celebrate Diwali this year.

  • Sweet Carrot Halwa and Gulab Jamun Cupcakes

    Indian desserts are some of the yummiest around. Carrot halwa is sweet grain dish made with carrots and gulab jamun are spongy milk balls served a warm syrup. But when you combine these two together, you’re in for a sweetness explosion you’ll be wanted to enjoy all year round, not just during Diwali.

    This amazing recipe from The Cupcake Project just makes our mouths water!

  • Savory Crunchy Snacks for Diwali

    In most South cuisines, crunch and savory snacks are a popular pre-meal dish people like to enjoy. They are snacked on just as much potato chips are loved here in the States. Kobbari Chegodilu is one common type of salty and spicy snack dish you can make to celebrate Diwali with.

    This recipe found here makes for a savory afternoon snack in between Diwali celebrations with the family.

  • Diwali Elephant Craft

    If you are looking to get the kids in the Diwali spirit by crafting up their own elephants with this easy tutorial from Patti Crafts.

    Using foam, the kiddies will love crafting up these fun elephants.

  • DIY Salt Dough Candle Holders

    The kids will love rolling up their sleeves and making these fun candle holders made out of actual salt dough featured on Nurture Store.

    Have them decorate with sequins, pins and glitter paint to jazz up their candle holders. 

  • Decorate Your Own Diyas

    "Diyas" is hindi for “oil lamps” that are usually made out of clay. Making them the PERFECT item to customize and craft up to your style.

    Art Platter featured this easy diya decoration idea that you can beautify your diyas for Diwali.

  • Make an Edible Rangoli Design

    Rangoli is a type of Indian art that people decorate their floors and pavement on yards with. The intricate pattern is color and beautiful full of symbolic meaning within the religion of Hinduism. We love this edible version of rangoli featured on Little Food Junction.

    They created this edible rangoli with sprouts,veggies and boiled lentils for a yummy rangoli inspired food dish.

  • Rangoli in the Form of a Cookie

    Desserts took the rangoli pattern one step further by decorating sugar cookies with the intricate and beautiful rangoli pattern.

    Bake your own batch of square and ice them to match these yummy looking cookies.

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