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8 Ways To Eat Your Way Through Diwali This Week

Grab your lights and ready your taste buds.

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We Know You're Wondering: What is Diwali?

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On the night of Diwali—a word derived from the Sanskrit for “light”—Hindu families clean up their houses, wear new clothes, and light diyas (little oil lamps) made of clay, brass, or silver.

Diwali Is Known as the Indian Festival of Lights.

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These lamps are used to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, who visits and blesses the homes. Diwali is also a celebration of the triumph of good over evil, when the God Ram returned with his family to his kingdom after defeating the demon Ravan, who had abducted Ram’s wife Sita.

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And Most Importantly, Dessert.

Sweets are an important, and delicious, part of Indian holidays, and Diwali is no exception.

Catherine O'Donnell contributed to this post. For more, visit Food52.

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