It’s great getting back to BM , things are rather hectic at the home front and blogging has to take a back seat for a while.I shall be with you guys for two weeks and then again take a break.
For this BM , I have chosen to tell you how I prepare for the Diwali Festival.
BM #23 Day 1
Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Deepawali’ , which means a row of diyas. Diyas are tiny earhen lamps and this Hindu festival is celebrated with these little lamps to signify the triump of good over evil.
Unlike other festivals, the preperations of this festival begins quite early.There is so much to do, as the celebration of Diwali includes cleaning and decorating the house,wearing new clothes, preparation of delicacies , exchange of gifts, organizing get togethers and a lot more.
For our family this is one festival which is celebrated with lot of pomp and show.The cleaning of the house begins about two months prior to the festival.This is the time when the unwanted stuff is discarded.Houses are painted,new upholstery for sofas, curtains, bedcovers, you name it..all these just wait until Diwali.
Gifts and sweets are exchanged between friends and family members.Apart from this gifts are sent to neighbours, officers, doctors and clients.We begin by making a list , which is actually there but just needs to be updated every year.
So we begin by…
Updating the list for gifts, sweets.
Decide on the sweet.
Decide on corporate gifts.
Decide on family and friends gifts.
We like to give a personal touch to the sweets and gifts, so every year chocolate rocks and some Indian sweet is made.The sweet varies every year.For this year we made Nutty Fig Roll and Kaju Mithai.
The next step is to again work on the list and decide as to the number of boxes of each variety.Once the lists are worked on I order the boxes for chocolates and sweets.This time I found a manufacturer and it was really interesting to capture their work area and style of working.
a narrow lane where I discovered the manufacturer for boxes
check the staircase! and dont miss the rope on the right with tiny bells..that’s the railing!!
glue is being made in that big pot
assembling the boxes
the bag shop
and that’s my car
After I get the box size , I place the order for paper bags so the boxes can go in without any hassle.The process to get these ready is anywhere between 20-30 days.
while working on frames and customized gifts
some of the hand made brocade trays for gifts
Once the boxes and bags are ordered I work on the hand made gifts. These are only for close friends or special people. This year I worked on some brocade trays and photo frames.Since we are talking of creativity we cannot miss the rangoli which is an essential part of the festival.For this year I worked on a Jewel led Rangoli.
Preparing chocolates and sweets is just one week prior to the festival.So we place the order for dry fruits, cooking chocolate and the rest of raw material just about 10 days prior.
For Day 1 it is all about planning the festival.Tomorrow we shall work on the goodies.
- Cheese Cigars
- Chocolate Rocks, Sweets for Diwali