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Ten Special Indian Sweets to Satisfy your Sweet-tooth this Diwali

Any Indian festival can not be complete wihout having sweets and Diwali, one of the nationwide celebrated festival, also has some of its very own special delicacies

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  • Diwali is a popular and much celebrated Indian festival
  • Just like any Indian celebration, Diwali is incomplete without people eating sweets
  • Some special sweets mark the celebration and are famous for their tastes

Sept 18, 2016: The ancient celebration of Diwali sees the country dazzling with the glow of illuminating lights. As any happy occasion in India remains incomplete without people gorging into galore of desserts; the Diwali too will lose its glory without varieties of sweets and desserts to spread joy and love with.

Here are listed ten famous Indian Diwali sweets to satiate the sweet tooth of India:-

  • Ladoo

Prepared with various ingredients and base materials like gram flour, coconuts etcetera; Ladoos have been famous and one of the most loved sweets of all time. This can be of multiple types which include Besan (gram flour), Motichur (gram flour), and coconut ladoo and so on.

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  • Kaju katli

Made with pasted cashew nuts, Kaju Katli is a huge show-stealer during the Diwali.

  • Gulab Jamun

Fried Khoya (dried whole milk, thickened by heating) balls are dipped and soaked in sugar syrup to prepare the lip-smacking Gulab Jamuns which are a huge hit in the celebration.

  • Soan Papdi

The flaky Indian dessert Soan Papdi or the Sohan Halwa, made from gram flour, sugar and ghee (clarified butter), is another popular giveaway on Diwali.

  • Halwa

Diwali will lose its flavor without Halwa. Made from different ingredients it can be of various types like Gajar (carrots) Halwa, Shuji Halwa (semolina pudding), Badam (almond) Halwa etcetera.

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  • Shrikhand

Shrikhand is another popular Diwali delicacy made with sugar and plain thick yogurt and flavored and garnished with saffron, cardamom and nuts.

  • Jalebi
Jalebi. Source: Wikimedia common
Jalebi. Source: Wikimedia common

The circular or pretzel shaped Jalebis, made from deep fried and sugar-soaked wheat-flour batter, are one of the mouth watering treats in Diwali.

  • Rabdi

Pearl millet flour mixed well with buttermilk and boiled to make the delicious Rabdi. Both the look and the taste are a huge hit.

  • Peda

Another popular Diwali dessert is the Peda, made from thickened dried-whole milk, sugar and cardamom.

  • Gujiya

Prepared from flour, sugar, dried whole milk, clarified milk, nuts etcetera according to different regions; Gujiya is a mouth watering treat on Diwali.

Lighting a “diya” (lamp) illuminates the homes and the souls. The sweets brighten our hearts and keep Diwali from turning insipid.

– prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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15 Amazing facts about Indian National Song: Vande Mataram

The National song of India, Vande Mataram is considered as the foundation of encouragement to the people in their struggle for freedom.

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Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay wrote the lyrics of Vande Mataram. Wikimedia Commons
Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay wrote the lyrics of Vande Mataram. Wikimedia Commons
  • Vande Mataram was originally written in 1876 and appeared in Anandamath in 1881
  • Well before the Congress’ Varanasi session on September 7, 1905, Vande Mataram was adopted as the `National Song’ and won India’s heart as its war cry of freedom
  • Poet Sarala Devi Chaudurani sang the national song in the Benares Congress Session in 1905

‘Vande Mataram’, is no less than an epic for our country and holds a special place in the heart of every Indian. The first two words of the title itself are sufficient to induce a great feeling of patriotism.

It would be a surprise for many to know that September 7, 2006, was not the centenary of Vande Mataram. On the contrary, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay wrote the lyrics of Vande Mataram well before he penned Anandamath, his novel, which described unified Bengal’s sanyasi uprising against tyrannical Muslim rule in the 1770s.

For better clarification, Vande Mataram was originally written in 1876 and appeared in Anandamath in 1881.

The National song was a part of Bankim Chandra Chatterji’s most famous novel Anand Math. Wikimedia Commons
Vande Mataram was a part of Bankim Chandra Chatterji’s most famous novel Anand Math. Wikimedia Commons

Thus, 2006 was not the 100th year of Vande Mataram, but the 129th anniversary of the `National Song”, which was first recited at the Indian National Congress session of 1896.

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Well before the Congress’ Varanasi session on September 7, 1905, Vande Mataram was adopted as the `National Song’ and won India’s heart as its war cry of freedom.

On January 24, 1950, it was brought at par with the National Anthem officially by the Constituent Assembly.

The protest against Vande Mataram because of its ‘idolatrous’ content began in the 1890s. The Congress party surrendered before Islamic opposition at its Kakinada session in 1923 not only on the Vande Mataram issue but also to all symbols and values held national.

The recent HRD ministerial diktat to compulsorily sing the song throughout the country occupied much media space and ignited a debate on India’s national song’s journey over the last 130 years.

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The song served as a source of immense strength and inspiration for freedom fighters before India gained freedom.

The Sangh Parivar, better known as the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS) celebrated the 125th anniversary of the song in 2002. Wikimedia Commons
The Sangh Parivar, better known as the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS) celebrated the 125th anniversary of the song in 2002. Wikimedia Commons

Take a look at some of the glorious facts related to our National song, ‘Vande Mataram’.

  1. The National song, ‘Vande Mataram’ was written by the great Bengali poet and writer, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee.
  2. On January 24, 1950, it was adopted as the National Song of India.
  3. The National song of India, Vande Mataram is considered as the foundation of encouragement to the people in their struggle for freedom. The National song of India is versed in the Sanskrit and Bengali languages, in the novel ‘Anandmath’ by Bankim Chandra Chatterji.
  4. The former President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, on January 24, 1950, came up with a declaration in the Constituent Assembly that the song Vande Mataram, which had played a significant part in the historic freedom struggle held in India, should be honoured equally with Jana Gana Mana and must give equal status to it.
  5. The National song was a part of Bankim Chandra Chatterji’s most famous novel Anand Math (1882) which is set in the events of Sannyasi rebellion.
  6. The first translation of Bankim Chandra Chatterji’s novel Anand Math, into English was done by Nares Chandra Sen-Gupta, in 1906.
  7. In the 1896 session of the Indian National Congress, it was the first political event when the National song was sung. On the same occasion, the national song of India was first sung by the Rabindranath Tagore.
  8. Poet Sarala Devi Chaudurani sang the national song in the Benares Congress Session in 1905.
  9. The Iron Man of India, Lala Lajpat Rai, published a journal called Vande Mataram from Lahore.

    Dr. Rajendra Prasad, on January 24, 1950, came up with a declaration that Vande Mataram should be honoured equally with Jana Gana Mana and must give equal status to it. Wikimedia Commons
    Dr. Rajendra Prasad, on January 24, 1950, came up with a declaration that Vande Mataram should be honoured equally with Jana Gana Mana and must give equal status to it. Wikimedia Commons
  10. Vande Mataram was recited in the first political film made by Hiralal Sen in 1905.
  11. The Sangh Parivar, better known as the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS) celebrated the 125th anniversary of the song in 2002.
  12. Two stanzas of the original song have been officially declared as the National Song of India in 1950 after the independence of India.
  13. The song was originally written in two languages, Sanskrit and Bengali, in the novel ‘Anandmath’.
  14. It was also sung by the Dakhina Charan Sen in 1901 after five years during another Congress meeting at Calcutta.
  15. India’s first political film Hiralal Senmade, made in 1905 ends with the chant Vande Mataram.