Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Happy Diwali!

Aren't these diyas beautiful? I bought them on Liberty avenue in Queens, NY.   Although I have some brass ones, these were too pretty to pass up! 

To all my Hindu friends celebrating Diwali today, I want to wish you a very happy and prosperous new year!  May the Lord's blessings be with you now and always!

Now that I am married and live hundreds of miles away from my parents, I will be starting my own tradition of making sweets and lighting diyas on this auspicious night.  Of all the Hindu holidays, this one is my favorite.  It brings back many memories of my childhood and teenage years.  I especially remember our cold Diwali nights in New York.  It was always very chilly, given the time of the year, and my mom used to always make my brother and I keep watch of the diyas that we would place outside in the yard of our house.  My brother and I stood outside like two guards, making sure if one diya blew out, we were armed and ready with matches in our hands to re-light them.  Haha! I smile and giggle when I think of these times.  What are some of your favorite memories of Diwali?

Here are the sweets that I will be making today to share with friends and family members.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Cream of Wheat and Flour Parsad

Vermicelli Cake

Soft Mithai

Crunchy Mithai

Sweet Rice / Kheer


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