Diwali Celebrations 2021: Your Ultimate Gift Guide
Good Afternoon guys
The weekend is finally here, Halloween is nearly here and half term is nearly over. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend celebrating with your little ones on Sunday.
Next week brings an important event for many people around the world. That is Diwali. Candlelights, earth lamps, homes filled with a delightful smell of sweets, the warmth of family and friends coming together and the cold chill in the air of the upcoming winter season. That is how we would like to paint a picture of the 'Diwali celebrations'. Diwali, also known as the 'festival of lights' is the biggest festival in India, mainly celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world. It is an event that gives people the opportunity for people to forgive, forget, move on and let go of grudges and make peace. It is a special moment of everyone coming together enjoying life, reminiscing on memories and enjoying beautiful fireworks that light up the sky.
Here are some interesting facts about Diwali:
1. When is Diwali 2021?
In 2021, Diwali falls on November 4th which is a new moon. Because the festival of Diwali is celebrated according to the Lunar calendar, the dates are different each year.
2. What is Diwali and why is it Called 'The Festival of Lights'
Diwali (also known as Deepavali) is one of the most popular Hindu festivals. The term Deepavali consists of two words. "Deep" means light and "Vali" means row. Thereby, Deepavali means a row of lights. Deepavali (Festival of Lights) signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair. The country comes alive with chiming bells, pretty lights, candles and lanterns.
3. Why is Diwali Celebrated?
In Indian culture, there was a time when festivals used to be celebrated every single day of the year - yes that is 365 festivals in one year! The idea behind this was to make people realise the importance of life and get people coming together to be happy and enjoy the moment. Today, unfortunately maybe only 30-40 festivals remain. They say if you approach everything in celebratory way, you learn to be non-serious about life and enjoy every moment.
4. Diwali Traditions and Customs in Indian
Diwali always starts with a thorough clean of the house and a decoration of the home (lots of pretty lights). People visit each other, dress up, exchange gifts, conduct rituals and come together to enjoy some delightful food and burst firecrackers.
A favourite recipe that people love to make for other people are 'Butter Murukku'. This a popular South Indian snack made with butter, rice flour, besan/gram flour and basic recipes. This recipe will give you light, crispy and delicious Murukku.
5. Major Shopping Festival
Diwali also marks a major shopping festival in the places where it is celebrated. There are special discounts and offers that businesses provide to their customers. Buying new things during this festival is considered to be good.
As Diwali is known for the celebration of giving we have come up with 4 gift ideas for your little one/loved ones:
Personalised Diwali Sacks
Wanting to make Diwali extra special this year? Our new personalised Happy Diwali sacks are perfect for filling with presents and gifts! Choose from our selection of glitter colours before adding your required name, Making each sack completely unique and special for the individual receiving.
You can find our personalised Diwali sacks here
Personalised Tutu Romper
A personal favourite here at Little Secrets is our personalised tutu rompers. Our personalised '1st Diwali' baby girl tutu romper's are the perfect present to celebrate your little ones first Diwali! This gorgeous outfit features a traditional Diya in sparkly silver or gold glitter!
You can find our personalised tutu rompers here
Celebrate your little one's 1st Diwali with this adorable bodysuit/sleepsuit. Featuring the iconic Diwali 'Diya' symbol. This sleepsuit is the perfect outfit for your little one to wear on the special day filled with traditional festivities. Choose between Red, Light Pink or Light blue sleepsuit, all come with the adorable yet traditional gold glitter design!
You can find our sleepsuits here
Personalised Keepsake Box
Our luxury personalised 'Happy Diwali' Keepsake ribbon tie box is the perfect gift to give over this year Diwali celebrations! Perfect for filling with gifts, treats or for storing all of your precious family memories!
You can find our keepsake Diwali gift boxes here
I hope you liked our Diwali blog
Last orders for Diwali is Monday the 1st November 2021
Have a great Halloween, a wonderful weekend and most of all an amazing day celebrating Diwali on the 4th November.
Victoria Robinson x