Today marks the first day of Deepavali or Diwali, popularly known as the Indian "festival of light" and involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. It's one of the most important festivals of the year for Hindus and Jains, albeit for different reasons. During Diwali, however, celebrants share similar traditions, like wearing new clothes and eating sweets and "faral" (snacks) with family and friends.
We asked celebrating foodspotters which dishes they love to eat during this holiday and learned about chakli (fried lentil flour), barfi (condensed milk cooked with sugar) and sev (fried chickpea noodle snack) along the way. Check out this Diwali Festival Faral list to see more traditional edibles.
Deepavali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore and more, making it a significant time of year for many people around the world.
Celebrate Diwali? What foods do you look forward to eating during this holiday?
India at night during Diwali (Photo: NASA)