Diwali celebrates the Hindu New Year and is the largest and most famous holiday celebrated in India. The word ‘Diwali’ means ‘row of lights’.
It is known as the ‘festival of lights’ because the light of the candles banish evil and welcome wealth and prosperity, and this is why light is so important in celebrating Diwali.
Why do Sikhs celebrate Diwali?
Sikhs celebrate Diwali because the 6th guru, Guru Hargobind and 52 princes with him were released from prison on the same day. He had 52 tassels on his cloak and so the 52 princes held on to those tassels as he walked free from prison. This was celebrated by lighting the Golden temple, which is still done to this day.
Why do Jains celebrate Diwali?
Jains celebrate Diwali because it is when they attainted their last tirthankar Lord Mahariva. A tirthankar is a leader of the Jain religion.
The Story of Diwali…
Diwali celebrates the safe return of Lord Rama after 14 years in exile. He was able to return home once he defeated the evil Ravana. Upon his return, the town was dressed in flowers and candles to welcome him home after so many years.
How do Hindus celebrate Diwali?
•Families clean their houses to welcome the Goddess Lakshmi
•Candles are lit to light up the street
•There are fire work displays in town centres to create more light
•Indian sweets are prepared and eaten to bring happiness to this special occasion
•The majority of people don’t eat meat or drink alcohol during this religious celebration
Colour plays an important role in every celebration in India, as colour reflects joy. Colourful patterns called Rangoli are made to decorate the ground using all different types of materials:
•Rice flour (often in different colours)
•Different coloured stones and pebbles
Rangoli patterns are always colourful because the word ‘rang’ in ‘rangoli’ means colour
Here are some examples of rangoli patterns…Sikhs and Jains also celebrate Diwali
Date: Friday 10th November
Arrival Time: 6pm for 6.30pm
Location: Pure Punjabi, 14 Farm Street, Tintinhull, South Somerset, BA22 8PZ
Parking: Ample on-site private car park
Special dietary requirements: should you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know in the ‘notes’ section when you purchase your tickets
Come and join us to celebrate Diwali
…which marks the ‘New Year’ in Indian culture. A vibrant festival, which is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. Food is an essential part of celebrating Diwali, so come and join us at our HQ (and family home) for a delicious hand-prepared North Indian meal.
Before we eat, we will all light a candle together, to celebrate Diwali…
A sumptuously layered dish, that is often reserved for times of celebration…Savoury, flaky Indian biscuits topped with potatoes, chickpeas, freshly made tamarind, yoghurt, coriander with a crunchy topping
Tandoori Paneer Skewers
Indian cottage cheese pressed till firm and marinated in our 2 Gold Star Great Taste Award winning Tandoori Masala and grilled till lightly charred
Yellow split peas gently cooked with our family-recipe blend of spices until the peas become tenderly creamy
Lamb kebabs that are lightly brushed with spiced butter as they cook to make every bite indulgently tender
North Indian bread served during feasts and times of celebration
Light, fragrant basmati rice with green cardamom and saffron
Corn – a staple crop of Punjab – grilled with masala butter (served on the cob)
Please let us know in the notes section when purchasing your tickets if you have any special dietary requirments
Raised in the Punjabi family, and taught to cook from the age of 7, Safia prepares and cooks all of the Punjabi food for our pop-ups, weddings and events.
The spices we use in all of our food, are prepared by her from scratch, including our own brand of Pure Punjabi Garam Masala, which we use to produce all of our meal kits as well as in our own family cooking. This was taught to Surinder over many years by her mother, and in turn taught to Safia.