Can you imagine your holi without gujias, ganesh chaturthi without modak, teej without ghewar and eid festivities without sheer khurma? Probably not, right? Yes, the relation of Indian sweets and Indian festivities is deeper than you possibly could have imagined. Like Christians tends to raise a toast when it calls for a celebration, we Indians, in our own desi style like to savour different kinds of sweets to mark the occasion or festival. India is home to numerous toothsome sweets, be it homemade or store made. Indian sweets have indulged in the very concept of festivals so far so, that its presence has been made evident as an offering to the Lord, surrounding the festival itself.
Below, we have mentioned a list of sweets, which are relished by people of all age groups across India on some of these special occasions or festivals.
- Diwali – An Indian eats to his/her heart’s delight during the Diwali festivities. Diwali without sweets in the house makes literally no sense to us Indians. Being of the most celebrated festival of India, this festival is all about giving, receiving and eating sweets, all day long. From gulab jamuns to gajar ka halwa to kaju barfi to kheer to jalebis to what not? Diwali brings the season of sweets, thereby bringing all of us together. Also, people who are too health conscious, tend to go with a much more nutritious option, that of, dry fruits.
- Holi – Other such festival which is known for its sweet is Holi. People tend to forget their diet and celebrate the festival of colors with sweets. Holi sweets tend to differ across different regions of India. While some people like to drink a glass of bhang or thandai, other people considering themselves as a “sweet tooth” like to have gujias, ras malai, malpua and puran poli, among very many.
- Gurupurab – One of the few ceremonious Sikh festivals is Gurupurab which marks the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev ji. On this day, Sikh and Sindhi people visit their place of worship, that is, a gurudwara to find spiritual solace under his blessings. After completing the rituals, one likes to relish karah/ kada parsad, loaded with whole wheat flour, ghee and sugar to mark the piousness of this festival.
- Raksha Bandhan – Saying happy rakhi with cake or homemade sweets has been a new Indian ritual, at all. In return to brother’s promise of protecting his sister from any trouble or evil, the sister after tying rakhi on her brother’s wrist serves her brother a plate full of lip smacking sweets. Rakhi themed cakes are easily available over various online and offline bakery stores, while the Indian mithai list would include laddoo, kaju barfi, among others.
- Durga Puja – The eastern part of India is known to be the land of sweet treasures. Being their main festival, no person intends to celebrate their main festival with dullness i.e without sweets. A wide range of bengali sweets from sondesh to roshogollas to kheer kadam to chamcham, every sweet has its own charm that needs to be tasted for sure.
Be it, across any festival, sweets just tend to make the occasion more joyous and cordial with its presence. Even a diabetic person is allowed to quelch his/her sweet tooth cravings across festivals. So, why would you even think of stopping? Gobble them up!