Diwali, the five-day festival of lights, is one of the most momentous occasions of the year for Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains. In addition to representing the start of a new year, the festival symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and good over evil, and is traditionally celebrated by illuminating the home with lights, candles, and sparklers.
All sorts of treats are synonymous with the holiday, from salty snacks to platter after platter of melt-in-your-mouth confections, called mithai. These colorful morsels made with nuts, sugar, and butter are displayed prominently at Diwali and packed in festive gift boxes for exchanging with family and friends. This year, the day is observed on Thursday, November 4, and many Indian restaurants are offering specials and celebratory meals all week (and weekend) long.
From elaborate multi-course feasts to customized Diwali gift boxes, these restaurants and bakeries are lighting up the city this Diwali.Read More