Diwali Around the World
As we move into winter, India’s biggest holiday lights the way with a celebration of light over darkness. Light a candle, and join us on a tour of Diwali around the world.Filed under:
Different regions and faiths of India incorporate various narratives into the celebration. In Gujarat, the festival honors Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. In North India, Lord Rama, after a 14-year exile. In South India, Lord Krishna, after his defeat of the demon Narakasura. In Jainism, the nirvana of Lord Mahavira. In Sikhism, the sixth Sikh guru's release from prison. The unifying theme: the victory of good over evil.
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The spirit of India is expressed year-round in festivals as diverse as the country's landscapes and as lively as its people.
Andrew Zimmern focuses on the role spices play in the cuisine in Goa. He visits a spice market and a restaurant to see how these flavorful ingredients are used.