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Diwali: To celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights, make kheer
Diwali: To celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights, make kheer

Diwali, or the Festival of Lights -- one of the most important holidays in the Hindu religion -- started Sunday. The five-day new year celebration centers on festivals, gift giving and family gatherings that invariably include a parade of sweets, or mithai. Galub jamun (the Indian syrup-soaked dessert made with fried dough with milk) and halwa (a nut- and flour-based confection) are to Diwali what candy canes and sugar cookies are to Christmas: served to guests, presented as gifts and offered to Lakshmi, the goddess of good fortune. The lanterns and candles lighted for Diwali honor the flame of divinity and, as legend tells it, the return of the deity Rama from 14 years of exile. The...

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