Happy Deepavali in Tamil is ‘Deepavali Valthukkal’
Deepavali means festival of lights with oil lamps lighting most households and businesses. It signifies the defeat of evil and triumph of good.
Deepavali is not the Indian New Year
Deepavali falls on the holiest month in the Indian lunar calendar, Kartika. Meanwhile, the Hindu New Year falls in April.
Most sweets prepared for Deepavali are milk and ghee-based
Deepavali sweets such as laadu (sphere-shaped sweet), jalebi (swirly orange dough coated in syrup), achu murukku and kesari (semolina pudding) are mainly made from milk and ghee.
Some would go on a vegetarian diet during Deepavali
It is believed that happiness directly correlates with respect and preservation of life. Therefore, some would go vegetarian to bring about mercy in the heart. It is also good to stay as pure as possible during Deepavali as it is a religious celebration.
Kolam was drawn to feed insects
Back then kolam was drawn in rice flour not only to invite the Goddess of Prosperity into the house and chase away the evil spirit, but it is also used to attract ants and other small insects to come and eat.
Sarees are the longest pieces of garments in the world
Sarees are a 6-metre traditional Indian costume for women available in various colours and intricate patterns. The elegant sarees reflect the rich Indian heritage.
We at CatchThatBus would like to wish you and your loved ones a joyful Deepavali!
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