Diwali (Deepavali) is a Festival of Lights. The significance of Diwali is that, it removes the darkness and brings light to the life. This auspicious occasion comes on the tamil month Ipasi(late October or early November) on Krishnapakshi chaturthi. This year(2015) Diwali is on 10th November.

This festival is celebrated to enjoy the happy moments of vanquishing of the demon Narakasura by Lord Krishna, the triumph of good over Evil!.Diwali is a festival where people from all age groups participate. They give expression to their happiness by lighting earthen 'diyas' (lamps), decorating the houses, bursting firecrackers and inviting near and dear ones to their households.

On Diwali day, early in the morning, elderly people will put kolam and will keep sweets, snacks, crakers, new dresses, vetrilai paaku and coconut for neivehdyam. The Hindus usually awake early in the morning of deepavali around 3 a.m and the first ritual will be having an oil bath, which is an important feature of Diwali. In some families Diwali Legium will be offered to every individual which will make your stomach ready for the marathon between your hand and mouth on diwali. Then the new cloths will be offered to the every individual by the elderly people. Most of the ladies would be clad in silk saris or Punjabi suits of various bright shades. Hindus would also pay their respects to the elderly and most families would go to the temple. The houses would be decorated with oil lamps and children will play with firecrackers to celebrate the festival.

On this day, we prepare sweets and snacks and offer the same to friends, neighbours and relatives. You can try some of the recipes mentioned below.

How do we Celebrate Diwali ?

I am just describing here how we celebrate diwali. More or less all the tamil brahmins celebrate diwali in this way only. The night before diwali we put a Maakkolam in the Pooja room and keep the new dresses of all the family members on the wooden plank. Also we put small amount of Turmeric on one corner of the dress. The next day (Diwali day) I used to wake up at around 3 AM in the morning and prepare the boiling water for the bath of all the family members. We keep one bowl of boiling water, some amount of oil(Nallennai) in a bowl,some sweets and snacks which we prepared for Diwali, some crackers along with the new dresses and also light the Vilakku (Deepam). Then i used to wake up the family members one by one. Every individual has to sit east side facing on the wooden plank which is already decorated by maakkolam (Rangoli using rice flour) in the last day. The I apply the oil(Nallaennai) in his/her head. Once the oil is applied then he/she is supposed to take a bath in the hot water. The boiling water has to be prepared in advance. This ritual bath is called "Ganga Snanam". After the bath the individual has to come to the pooja room where all the new dresses were kept. Usually the elderly one of the house (in my home, my husband), will give the new dresses to the individual. He / She supposed to ask for blessing from the god and to the eldest member of the house and to get their new dresses from him. He / She wore the new dresses and then they can go to play with crackers. Once every individual of the family has taken the "Ganga snanam" all wore the new dresses and they go to the temple to offer prayers. Going to the temple with all the family members in their new dresses is the key part of Diwali. The younger ones are enjoying with the fire works, I will be busy preparing the breakfast. We offer the sweets and snacks to the friends and neighbours and also greet each other.

Wishing you a very Happy Diwali!!.. Enna Ganga Snanam acha !??

Recipes of some common Sweets for Diwali:

Traditional Sweets:
AdhirasamBadhushaCoconut Burfi

Boondhi LadooMaalaaduOkkarai

Rawa Laadu7 Cups CakeDiamond Biscuits


Laddoo Varieties
MaalaaduRawa LaaduTriple Shot Laddu

MohanLaaduOats Peanut LadooDates Ladoo

Pottukadalai UrundaiPeanut Jaggery LadooRaagi Ladoo

Sabudana LadooBoondhi LadooMotichoor Ladoo

Halwa Varieties

Apple HalwaAsoka HalwaBadam Halwa

Beetroot HalwaCarrot HalwaChikoo Halwa

Doodhi HalwaKasi HalwaMilk Halwa

Wheat HalwaCornflour Halwa

Kesari Varieties

Aval KesariRawa KesariMango Kesari

Pineapple KesariSemiya KesariWheatflour Kesari
Bengali Sweets
Chandrakala, Suryakala, LavangalathikaChocolate BurfiCoconut Balls

Gulab JamoonPotato JamoonKalakand

Kesar Doodh BedaMohandalPaal Khova

Shahi Thukada

Other Sweets:

Instant JalebiKaju Katli

Diwali Snacks:

Recipe of Deepavali Legiyum:
Legiyum Method 1Diwali Legiyum Method 2
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Diwali Special Menu

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  2. this helps me to cook more recipes which my family enjoys

    thank u

  3. thank u very much for very good and informative receipes

  4. thanks a lot i am trying many because of you

  5. Wow.. Very interesting Recipees... :-) Thabk u.

  6. thanks u.. can u share recipe for thattai pls

  7. Hi, the Thattai recipe link is available in http://www.subbuskitchen.com/2010/08/thattai.html

  8. Hi

    All receipies are very nice and mouthwatering. could you please write the mixturefor deepavali to follow others from you. thanks and regards

  9. Dear Subbulakshmi,

    Wish you and your family a very very happy and sweet deepavali. all your recipies are very nice to follow to all categories.



  10. Hi mammi can you give the tips to make carrot cake & beetroot cake

  11. Hi Gowri, you can refer the following link http://www.subbuskitchen.com/2009/12/carrot-halwa.html. In the last step, when the mixture starts to roll like a ball and does not stick on the sides of the pan, we are removing. Instead, we need to keep stirring for another 5 minutes, till it becomes thicker and then we can pour it on a greased plate and cut into pieces.

  12. Dear Subbulakshmi madam,
    I tried the omapodi and it was really nice. thanks for the recipe. I would like to make ukkarai for diwali. Can you please give the recipe?

  13. hello, I know i saw the recipe for Thirunelveli halwa. But I cant find it on the site. Can you please mami? thanks

  14. Mami ganga snanam aacha? :) Wishing you and your family a wonderful Diwali. May the blessings of Lord Krishna always be with you. Mami do you have Diwali marundhu/lehiyam recipe? By the way, the new photos look sooper!

  15. Hi madam.. very nice info.. I have a doubt that's been long standing in my mind. We usually say that we shouldn't take oil bath on amavasai. . But diwali mostly falls on amavasai.. so in that case , should we treat it as an exception. Because oil bath is the most important custom.

    1. Madam can u pls update me with this info.. should we take hair bath on diwali even if it's amavasai

    2. Hi Pappu, sorry for not responding to your earlier message. I missed to respond. Gangasnanam has to be done before sunrise thats the reason we have a tradition to take a bath around 3am to 4 am in the morning. After sunrise only ammavasai will start so we can surely take head bath.

  16. You have provided a nice collection of Deepavali greetings. Happy diwali to you and your family pictures of diwali in India

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  18. Thank you so much Mami for your clear instructions - tried the oats laddu and the ragi laddu - they came out so well and yummy - wanted to do something different from the usual routine -
    Wish you and your family a very Happy Deepavali and New Year

  19. Amazing website, with lots of good useful recipes. Thank you so much!!