If Christians have Christmas, Indians have Diwali or the Festival of Lights. This special occasion is India’s biggest and most important holiday. It is a festival of new beginnings, of the triumph of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, hope over despair, and light over darkness. that is celebrated for five days between late October to mid-November. This 2023, Diwali will be mainly celebrated on November 4.
Diwali is a joyous celebration and there are different ways of celebrating this festival. During the festival, they will either host worship services at homes or visit the temples, or even host parties. Afterwards, they would distribute sweets to their friends, neighbours, colleagues, and to anyone they want to establish a friendship with.
Other common practices during Diwali include
Wearing the finest clothes
Lighting the interior and exterior of homes with diyas and rangoli
Perform worship ceremonies of Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and wealth
Join family feasts where mithai (sweets) and gifts are shared.
In 2019 alone, there are over 1 million registered Indians in Canada, are you one of them? If you can’t come home to India to celebrate Diwali due to COVID-19, don’t lose heart. You can still partake in this joyous celebration by sending gifts to your family and friends whether they’re in India or in another country to make them feel loved and appreciated.
Here are some Diwali gifts you can send to your loved ones, friends, and colleagues and friends this 2023:
On Diwali day, Indians decorate their homes with lights and diyas. For Hindus, lighting a Diya is an important part of the prayer. Usually, people buy earthen diyas in the local market and then paint them with different colours using acrylic paints at home. If you can’t find diyas in a local Indian market in Canada, you can always make your own at home. If you have children, they will surely enjoy this activity as it is also a wonderful opportunity to showcase their talents and personalize a Diya or oil lamp based on the preference of the receiver.
For a more modern Diwali 2023 Festival celebration, you can gift your family, friends, and colleagues a decorative lamp. You can choose a decorative lamp that appeals to the taste of your recipient and choose from hanging lamps, standing lamps, table lamps, and the like. If your gift for them arrives in time for the celebration, you can be sure that they will display your gift in their home even after the festivities.
Since the pandemic started, a lot of people have been more interested in taking care of indoor plants to bring an outdoor feel inside their homes. One of the ideal Diwali gifts for 2023 you can give are lucky indoor plants which can bring positive vibes to your recipient. Lucky Bamboo, Peace Lily, Jade Plant, Jasmine, and Money Plant are the common plants you can send to your family, friends, and colleagues for Diwali.
Since Diwali celebrates the victory of good over evil, one of the best ways to celebrate the sweet success is with desserts. That is why sweets often take the center stage of this festival. There are plenty of options you can give if you want to gift your loved one with sweets for Diwali this 2023. Kaju Katli (cashew slice), Mithai (Indian sweetmeats), Rasmalai (creamy and milky syrup consist of Chenna or cottage cheese balls), Mohanthal (fudge-like dessert), and Chawal Ki Kheer (rice pudding made with basmati rice, sugar, full-fat milk, and cardamoms) are some of the famous and easy to make sweets for Diwali.
If you don’t have time to make these or purchase them in your area, you can always opt for chocolates and other confectionaries available in your area.
Diwali is about preserving relationships. A good way to remind your family, friends, and colleagues of your relationship is by giving them personalized items. These may include throw pillows and mugs with your group photos printed on them. You can also gift them with jewelry such as a necklace with their Hindi names as the pendant.
If you want your recipient to have the freedom to buy themselves a gift for Diwali 2023 that they want or need, you can consider sending them money, especially if you live far away from them and sending gifts overseas will take much time and effort. Money is also a practical gift because they can add it to their savings and use it in times of need or if others need financial help.
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