Summary: Diwali is celebrated on the 15th day of the Hindu calendar month of Kartik. It signifies the victory of light over darkness, and on the occasion of Diwali, people light up their houses and premises with traditional divas, candles or strings of artificial lights. The exchange of Diwali sweets is also an important part of festival traditions and they are exchanged as festival wishes and cheers.
Diwali comes right after the monsoon season and in the mild and pleasant weather of autumn. The festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Kartik in the Hindu calendar. Diwali is celebrated in commemoration of the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile and defeating the demon king Ravana. The festival signifies the victory of light over darkness and people celebrate the occasion by lighting up their houses and premises with rows of glowing candles, traditional divas or other artificial lights. Diwali literally means a “row of lights” and on the day of the festival, all towns, cities and villages in the country can be seen glowing and covered with bright lights.
The festival of Diwali is symbolic of regeneration, new beginnings and fresh starts. It also marks the start of the Indian New Year and people consider the occasion to be most auspicious for undertaking new courses or launching business ventures and other such activities. As the festival is symbolic of setting things fresh and new, Diwali season is a time of hectic activity with people occupied in cleaning up their houses and properties, and renovating them in preparation for the festival. Marketplaces and shops all over the country are filled with people shopping for gifts and sweets for Diwali. Traditionally Diwali special sweets were prepared at home much in advance of the festival. No Indian festival is complete without sweets, they are symbolic of sweet relations and goodwill.
The Deepavali sweets were specially made to be presented or offered to any visitor or guests and they are also exchanged with friends and colleagues at school and workplaces. The Diwali sweets are a way of spreading joy and cheer and conveying festival wishes. But in this fast paced world of ours today, people can hardly afford the time and energy to prepare the sweets at home and they had to look for other avenues to source them. This is where professional confectioners and traditional sweets stores come into the picture and they offer a wide range of special sweets for the festival. And in this era of computers and internet shopping, people can also find Diwali Sweets online at any of the numerous internet gift portals.
Usually health conscious people go for other alternative to sweets such as dry fruits for Diwali. Dry fruits are a healthier and more nutritious option and they make delightful gifts for the occasion. Diwali dry fruits are also available online in exciting combos along with other delightful gifts like chocolates, cakes and flowers. Besides sweets and dry fruits, one can also find an assortment of other traditional Diwali gifts online such as Diwali day as, candles, decoration items and rangoli stickers. The exchange of gifts is an integral part of Diwali celebrations and people send Diwali gifts online or through postal services for their loved ones in far away places.