saffron and Diwali festival
25/10/2022

How Is Saffron Important in Diwali Festival?

Diwali story

Saffron, Indian kesar,  has rooted deeply in Indian culture and beliefs. Specifically, Diwali is a Hindu festival that takes place in autumn, Kartik month, corresponding mid-October to mid-November time. The exact date of the festival varies as it should be celebrated on a moonless night in October or November. Diwali is a very famous Indian festival that is aimed to bring joy and happiness to lives, remind people to forgive past unpleasantness and the defeat of good over evil. In this blog, we take a deep look at the story behind Diwali, how it is celebrated, when it occurs, and what is the Indian kesar position in this famous event.

What is the story behind Diwali?

It is said that Diwali celebrates Lord Rama’s defeat of Ravana’s evil spirit. Diwali is attached to an ancient legend, in which Lord Rama was deprived of his kingdom, having to suffer 14 years of exile. Finally, he defeated the evil spirit of Ravana and came back home, with joy. Therefore, Diwali celebrates the joy of defeating good over evil, wisdom over ignorance, or light over darkness. This is locally known as a precious opportunity to start new adventures and come to new resolutions.

When is Diwali, and How is it celebrated?

Diwali Goddes(es)

Diwali is more like a religious ceremony in which Hindus say prayers to their Gods. In this event, the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, and the god of good fortune and wisdom, Ganesh, are respected. This event won’t be as joyful without its special meals.

Indian Diwali celebration lasts five days. Hindus have special ceremonies on each day. However, on the third day, the main event takes place.

decorating floor in Diwali festival

The day before the start of Diwali, named “Chotti Diwali,” is traditionally known as the final opportunity to run the last-minute errands and preparations. The day before the Diwali festival is a great time to decorate the floors with flower petals, coloring powders. These creative floral and geometrical designs are known as “rangoli.”

The first two days of Diwali are known as a good opportunity to buy kitchen metallic appliances.  Hindus believe this will bring good luck to their lives.

As mentioned earlier, the main celebration occurs on the third day. The main joy occurs right after sunset when people start their celebration by saying prayers to Ganesh and Lakshmi goddesses. Fireworks, arranging clay lamps around the house, a sweet, delicious dinner, and cultural parties are examples of what Hindus do on the third day.

The fourth-day rituals vary across different parts of India. Businessmen, chefs, artists, or other professions show their gratitude and respect for their working tools. However, this is what people in north India do. In other regions, there may be different rituals. 

On the last day of Diwali, the sisters are supposed to pray for their brother’s well-being and receive sweetmeats in return.

 

Special foods during Diwali

Special foods during Diwali

Just like any other festival, foods are an inseparable part of the Diwali celebration. Indians eat different foods in each region. Regular foods during Diwali include Halwa, Laddoo, Barfi, Peda, Jalebi, Soan papdi, Roshogolla, Rasmalai, Sandesh, Lyangcha, Mohanthal, Shrikhand, Karanji, Puran Poli, Shahi Tukda, Nevri, Mysore Pak, Payasam, and many others.

Saffron in Indian Diwali food

Indian kesar is an important ingredient in Indian Diwali foods and sweets. For example, Peda, Gulab Jamun, Jalebi, Rasmalai, Mohanthal, and Shahi Tukda are the main sweets that use saffron as their main ingredient. 

saffron foods in india

Indian kesar  plays an important role in the Indian Diwali festival for its special red color, aroma, and taste in the food recipes. Generally red color is very important in Indian culture. The red is a symbol of love, commitment, bravery, and power in Indian culture. Traditionally, the red color of saffron is really favorable in Indian culture. That is why they use saffron as the main ingredient of their foods and recipes, especially in festivals such as Diwali. 

Saffron plays an important role in different cultures, such as India, Iran, Spain, and others. The use of saffron in their recipes, special dishes, or in decoration and cosmetics purposes, varies in different cultures. We aim to analyze the significance of saffron in different cultures, in a future blog post. So, wait for some special information! This one specifically analyzes saffron significance in the Indian Diwali festival.

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