What is Diwali? The Best Diwali Gifts in 2023
What is Diwali? The Best Diwali Gifts in 2023.
Diwali, or the ‘festival of light,’ is the most important holiday in the Indian calendar. As the monsoon rains subside, the festivities begin. Diwali is more than just another celebration – it’s about the triumph of light over darkness when prayer, fireworks, feasts, charity, and gift-giving become commonplace.
Often associated with Hindus, the festival is more of an all-Indian cultural date. Both Sikhs and Hindus mark the occasion with certain traditions and beliefs. For some, it even denotes the beginning of the New Year.
Learn what Diwali is, when Diwali 2023 will occur, and explore some of the best Diwali gifts and food to give to your friends and loved ones.
What is Diwali?
Diwali, or Dipawali, is called the ‘Festival of Lights’ because of the rows (avail) of clay lamps (deepa) that flicker outside Indian homes. These lamps symbolise the inner light that protects against spiritual darkness.
In Hindu tradition, it marks the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after his victory over Ravana, symbolising the triumph of good over evil. Homes are illuminated with lamps, and families come together.
For Sikhs, Diwali is a time to remember Guru Hargobind Ji’s release from captivity and his return to the Golden Temple.
Both religious traditions focus on light overcoming darkness, and it’s a time of reflection, unity, and celebration for the communities involved.
When is Diwali 2023?
Diwali in 2023 falls on Sunday, 22nd October. The date is determined by the lunar Hindu calendar, so it shifts annually on the Gregorian calendar. Celebrations often extend for several days, culminating in the main event.
5 Best Diwali Gifts
Alongside the prayers (pookas), beautiful music, and community gatherings, Diwali is a chance to show appreciation and love toward your friends and family. That means presents! Below, we’ve got 5 of the best Diwali gifts to help mark the big day:
Diwali food gifts are always a hit! Choose from The Walnut Tree’s award-winning selection of glace fruit, soft nougat gift boxes, marron glace, or even a silver platter of dried fruits.
Each item is selected with care and precision, whether it is a succulent glace fruit, the melt-in-your-mouth nougat, or the rich marron glace. They’re perfect for those who appreciate culinary delights without a heavy dose of sugar.
For that special someone you’ve shared countless meals with, why not surprise them with a memorable dining experience at Dishoom? Gift them the iconic restaurant’s unique coin vouchers, each valued at £10.
Printed at the consent of His Majesty’s Treasury, these coins function as regular currency and can be used to settle all or part of the bearer’s bill in any Dishoom café.
Perfectly priced to indulge in their sumptuous breakfast or lunch selections. A delightful treat for any food lover!
Looking for the perfect Diwali gift? Consider a traditional hand-painted Indian tiffin lunch box adorned with an eye-catching floral design. Embodying both beauty and functionality, this three-compartment stainless steel tiffin allows for diverse meal storage, from daal and rotis to delightful dessert options.
Crafted from durable stainless steel, it’s perfect for picnics, school lunches, or travel snacks. Choose from eight vibrant shades, including Midnight Black and Burnt Orange.
What’s better than dried fruit? How about chocolate-dipped dried fruit? Get a taste of India with
mango or ginger – or go further afield with glace cherries, lemon peel, apricots, or the Gold Star award-winning orange slices dipped in the finest dark chocolate.
Hand-packed in a graceful red and gold cylinder, they’re a fantastic gift for anyone with a sweet tooth. Plus, they’re 100% suitable for vegans, vegetarians, and gluten-free individuals.
Gift the allure of Bombay’s culinary delights with Dishoom’s cookbook. Uncover secrets behind iconic dishes like the Bacon Naan Roll and Black Daal. More than just recipes, it’s a journey through south Bombay’s landmarks—savouring chai at Kyani and Co., relishing delicacies on Mohammed Ali Road, or basking in Chowpatty’s sunset.
With stunning photography, this book doesn’t just offer dishes but the essence of an enchanting Bombay. It is a perfect Diwali gift for every food and culture enthusiast.
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