Diwali Celebrated in Chicago With Indian Food, Lights, Henna

Indian Food

On Friday, October 17, 2014 at Whole Food's Lincoln Park store in Chicago, acclaimed cookbook author Anupa Singla hosted the release of her new book "Indian for Everyone."

Attendees got to taste samples of chicken curry and white basmati rice and also got hands tattooed with floral henna designs.

Listen to Singla talk about her book, "Indian for Everyone."

The book release event also was a preview of Diwali. Hindus in India celebrate Diwali, the festival of light, an important holiday similar to how we in West celebrate holidays like Christmas. Like the African American holiday celebration Kwanzaa, Diwali is that is marked by five days of celebrations with each day focusing on a different principle that reflect its celebration of light over darkness.

Facts About Diwali

October 21, 2014 begins five day Diwali celebrations.

Regional Names of the Days of Diwali:
Day 1: Dhanteras / Dhantheran / Dhantrayodashi / Dhanwantari Triodasi / Yamadeepdaan / Dhan Teyras
Day 2: Choti Diwali / Kali Chaudas / Narak Chaturdashi
Day 3: Diwali / Baddi Diwali / Lakshmi Puja
Day 4: Pratipat / Padwa Puja / Gudi Padwa / Govardhan Puja / Annakoot
Day 5: Bhai Duj / Bhhaya Dooj / Bhai Beej

First day of Diwali is called Dhanteras, a day to honor prosperity and to honor the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. For business people and families this is the day to give gifts of money and purchase precious metals such as gold.

Second day is called Naraka Chaturdasi where Hindus perform rituals such as placing the evil eye called kali bazar to ward of negative energy.

Third day Diwali on the third day honors Hindu gods like Laksmi, Goddess of Prosperity and gods returning to earth after darkness cast away.

Fourth Day of Diwali, Diwali Padva is dedicated to the wife-husband relationship.

Fifth Day of Diwali Bhau-beej is dedicated to sister-brother bond.

Diwali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji

In Chicago Celebrate Diwali at Diwali Party

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