Diwali- What is it?

With such deep routed Indian family history at Kent Tea, we have friends and family all over the world! It is important for us to share a day of such, the Diwali celebration with all of our customers!

So, what is Diwali and what does it mean? Well, Diwali is the ancient Hindu festival of light, it is one of the brightest and largest festivals in India. It is the spiritual celebration of the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, hope over despair. The festival and preparations last for 5 days but the main night coincides with the darkest new moon, of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika.

The night before Diwali, families clean, decorate and renovate their homes. On the night of Diwali, they light candles and lamps outside and inside their homes, dress in their best clothes; girls and women dress attractively during the festival. They wear colourful clothing and new jewellery, and their hands are decorated with henna designs and participate in family prayers. With fireworks, a family feast and the exchange of gifts. Diwali is one of the biggest shopping seasons in Nepal and India!

It is a festival that is celebrated in Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji by Hindus, Sikhs , Jains and Buddhists.

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We recommend celebrating Diwali with a cup of sweet and spicy Chai Tea! Below is a recipe to make your own Chai Or you can take the easy route by ordering Chai through our online store! We have many versions of the traditional Chai. Ranging from; a decaffeinated Rooibos version, Bombay Chai- one of our original Brands, Chocolate Chai or Vanilla Chai!

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Here is our recipe if you wish to make your own Masala Chai-

You will need;

  • 350ml water

  • 100ml milk

  • 4 black peppercorns

  • 10 green cardamom Pods

  • a pinch of fennel seeds

  • a small cinnamon stick

  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and sliced

  • two heaped tsp Assam Tea Behora TGFOP

  • sugar or salt to taste

Now, heat the water and milk in a pan with the spices and ginger until it comes to the boil. Turn down the heat and cook over a low heat for 15min. Taking care to watch out for the milk as it can easily over boil and spill.

Once the volume is reduced to a large cup full, at the tea and let it brew for one minute or longer according to taste.

Strain and serve in your favourite cup adding sugar or salt to taste.

Happy Diwali!