India is known for its unity in diversity. The same relates when we talk about the traditions followed by the Indians. The nation has 29 states and all states, as they are recognized by the language spoken there, has diverse traditions and customs followed by them. And in view of that, people engross themselves in accomplishing the rituals that the several festivals bring along.
Festivals are lovingly looked forward to as they signify not only the celebrations but also the distinctive savories that are made, representative of that specific festival. For example, the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi has rejoiced across the nation and it signifies the start of the Hindu festivals as well. There are some food items specially made for this festival as they are deemed to be much-loved by Ganesh Chaturthi. Modak is a sweet presented to Lord Ganesha and is prepared by all people from diverse states. The offerings vary from state to state and culture to culture.
Sweets rule over the preparations for each of the festivities. One more festival that brings in loads of celebration and cheer is Diwali, also called the festival of lights. It celebrates the victory of good over evil. This triumph is celebrated by giving sweets to each other and between families. The very common preparation for any sort of a celebration is Laddoo and it unquestionably makes its way during Diwali as well.
Puliogare and Puranpoli are 2 dishes, the first is a hot made out of tamarind & rice and the second a kind of sweet that is also prepared very often on festive occasions. The saavan’s onset, down south, gets along the celebration in which Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped. Devotees, on the Varamahalakshmi puja day, prepare 3 or 5 or 9 varieties of sweet dishes, hot dishes, & savouries overall and present it to the goddess.
One such another festival is Holi in which people commemorate in great enthusiasm for the festival of colors. The guests are served sweet dumplings prepared with khoya stuffing and Gujjias. Sweet Pongal (Sakkarai Pongal) is a dish that is very ordinary in the Tamil Nadu state. Any auspicious occasion, nearly every temple, serve this to devotees as “prashaad.”
To sum up, food and festivals go hand in hand in our affluent Indian culture!! Which next festival will you be celebrating and, most important, what dishes will you be making for it? Do feel free to share it with us.