Brighten up your Diwali with these must-have candy and decoration ideas


Diwali festivities not only involve buying new clothes, but also decorating the house and getting ready to welcome guests home. Apart from being the festival of lights, Diwali is also popular for its delicious festive food. In keeping with tradition, some families make savory and sweets and share them with friends. Here are some traditional Diwali sweets and flavors and essential Diwali decor.

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singal | This fried snack from the Kumaon hills in Uttarakhand is made with semolina, banana, yogurt and milk. Flavored with fennel seeds and cardamom, this festive dessert is a Diwali staple. (Picture: Youtube)

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Moti Pak | A delicious sweet barfi, Moti Pak is made with besan (chickpea flour), khoya, saffron, cardamom, ghee and sugar. It is lined with chandi-ki-barak (silver leaf). (Image: Shutterstock)

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Chiraunji Ki Barfi | This candy from Madhya Pradesh is made from chiraunji, a dried fruit with multiple health benefits. The delicacy is cooked in ghee and usually served hot as a halwa or cooled and cut into barfi. (Picture: Youtube)

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Teepi Gavvalu | Also called as “Bellam Gavvalu”, it is a traditional Andhra Pradesh sweet snack made from jaggery and flour. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

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Marundu | Diwali sweet marundu, or Legiyam, is a traditional Tamil Nadu dish, made to help digest sweets and savory eaten during the festivities. (Picture: Youtube)

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rangoli | Rangoli is a must to brighten up the decor of the house during Diwali. The rangoli can be made of colors or flowers, chalk powder, colored pastes or Epsom salt. (Image: Shutterstock)

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Candles and diyas | Candles and terracotta lamps or diyas are central to Diwali. All houses are illuminated on Diwali with lanterns, diyas and candles. Candles are also used inside the house to symbolize the destruction of the reign of darkness and ignorance. (Image: Shutterstock)

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Light garlands | Fairy lights are a modern Diwali decoration. A number of houses decorate their balconies and exterior with these electric lights. (Image: Shutterstock)

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Torans | Torans, also called bandanwals, are decorative door hangings used during Diwali. Made of mango leaves and marigold flowers, they are placed at the main entrance of houses to welcome the goddess Lakshmi. (Image: Shutterstock)

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