Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is a yearly festival celebrated by the Hindus during the month of October or November. Diwali is known as the festival of lights and this festival celebrates the victory of light over darkness.
Diwali is a one-day festival; however, the preparations for this festival start five days or a week in advance. People clean their houses, buy new clothes and fireworks, prepare umpteen sweets and snacks. All Indian sweets, like jalebi, badam halwa, rice kheer, gajar ka halwa, coconut ladoo and many other sweets are prepared during this time. In South India, people prepare many snacks like nippattu, kodubele, chakli, maddur vada and also a variety of sweets like payasam, maladu, ladoo, halwa, mysore paak and various others.
On the day of Diwali, the Hindus do a Lakhmi puja, which is followed by an elaborate feast of a heavy main course, snacks and sweets. In the South, chitrana and other mixed rice items are prepared as a part of this grand feast. Hence, Diwali is known for its grandeur and extravagant food.