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              Make It Holiday!

              Celebrating Diwali With Maisonette Families

              To kick off the winter holiday season, we asked the families behind some of our favorite Maisonette brands to share how they celebrate Diwali–the five-day fall festival celebrated by many Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Muslims, and Buddhists around the world.

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              courtesy of the brands

              Called a festival of lights, for Manasa Mantravadi, Diwali is "A time to celebrate with our friends and family all the joy and light in the world. It's a time to remember that even when we are faced with dark times, the light does shine again and we can be grateful for all that is good in the world. And as an Indian immigrant Mom, Diwali is a time to teach, celebrate and pass on our beautiful culture and tradition with our children to they can appreciate and love their roots as much as we do!" While different religions and regions have unique Diwali origin stories the symbolism of lightness in dark connects them all.

              When is Diwali? Usually falling in late October or early November, in 2022, Diwali lasts from October 22nd to October 26th. Traditionally the first two days are dedicated to cleaning, cooking, shopping, and decorating the house. The main event is on the third day while the last two days are for celebrating family bonds–between parents and siblings.

              Diwali lasts from October 22nd to October 26th. Traditionally the first two days are dedicated to cleaning, cooking, shopping, and decorating the house. The main event is on the third day, while the last two days celebrate family bonds–between parents and siblings.

              To Leah Singh, "Diwali means getting together with family and eating lots of delicious food! It's a party! There's music, dancing, and sparkly lights. And in the days leading up to it, people exchange gifts and sweets." Dr. Mantravadi loves that it's a time for her and her "fellow Indian Moms get together to have Diwali pitch-ins just like our mothers used to do, preparing and bringing an Indian dish to share at the dining table to celebrate and connect over a meal. It's so important to us to pass on the sights, smells, feelings, sounds, and flavors of our Indian roots with our children so they, too, can one day pass it on."

              Diwali Derations & Activities For Kids

              Diyas are clay oil or ghee lamps that families light and place in rows around the house during Diwali. Kids decorate clay diyas or make their own out of air dry clay. Add small battery-powered tea light candle and watch it glow. 

              Rangoli are designs created on the ground or a tabletop to welcome Lakshmi made from colorful rice, flours, sand, or flowers. A Rangoli puzzle is a mess-free alternative or let kids embellish a printed rangoli design with salt dyed with food coloring.

              Mithai are sweets often made with condensed milk or grated veggies. This Kaju Katli recipe, topped with edible silver, is editor and cookbook author Priya Krishna's favorite.

              How The Families Behind Maisonette Brands Celebrate Diwali

              Being a Source of Light

              "Our extended family gets together every Diwali, and it is always such a fun and meaningful night! We do a pooja, and after that we light the diyas. The kids are always in charge of distributing the diyas into every room of the house, which they love to do. After that, it is time to sit down and enjoy a delicious feast, prepared by my mother-in-law. Then we go outside and light sparklers with the kids.

              We added a new tradition to our festivities in recent years: a Diwali version of Secret Santa! This adds one more element that the kids love! We also have all of the children pick toys to donate to the less fortunate.

              The joy on the kids’ faces during Diwali reminds us what this special day is all about. When we bring light into our house on Diwali, it also represents bringing light to ourselves and to our loved ones, and to be a source of light for the world."
              -Mownika of Hava World

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              Making Kid-Friendly Diyas

              "Besides eating a LOT of yummy food and gathering around the family dining table together - we have lots of fun traditions. Since it is the festival of lights, one of our favorite traditions is to create our diyas out of clay or playdough. We decorate them with fun colors and jewels and light our sidewalk with them. Another favorite tradition is creating Rangoli with colorful chalk patterns in our driveway. And of course, no Diwali dining table is complete without being completely decked out in our Ahimsa rainbow tableware to make mealtime colorful and festive! At the end of the night, we do family fireworks and sparklers together to light up the sky with joy!"
              - Manasa of Ahimsa colorful stainless steel dinnerware

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              Getting Ready For Diwali

              "Growing up in India, the preparation for the holiday started 15 days prior. Think spring cleaning, but 10x more intense! We shopped for new clothes, argued over the menu, decorated the house, purchased fireworks, and meticulously planned the sweet or Mithai we'd have for the holiday. My favorite part of Diwali was creating Rangoli with my sister. Rangoli is a traditional floor art form created using colored sand or flowers. My sister and I would spend days planning the design and creating our Rangoli the night before Diwali. It was special in more ways than one and is now one of the most precious Diwali memories."
              - Akruti of Kulture Khazana

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              Puja & Playing Cards

              "We do a little Puja (prayer) at home at sundown, and then we light the clay oil lamps that we place on the steps leading up to our home and on the balcony. My family is not religious, but we have done this for as long as I can remember, as a cultural tradition. And then we eat, drink, dance and play cards! Of course, there are always way too many sweets, which is one of my favorite parts of Diwali!"
              -Leah Singh

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              The 3 Ls of Diwali

              "Growing up in the States and being far from my grandparents meant that my mom and dad made a big deal about our Indian traditions. It was never so much about ensuring we memorized scriptures and books, but rather all about celebrating family and values that I'm passing on to my child today. Every year, our family tradition is to wear new PJs, make our diyas, and light up our home with love. Then, we paint, we eat, and we bond over friendship. We have been celebrating this tradition with our non-Indian friends and we always say that Diwali stands for 3 Ls – Love, Light, and Learning. They remind us you don't have to be afraid of the dark because you can always turn on the light!"
              -Anjali of Malabar Baby

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              New Diwali Traditions

              "A new tradition that I'm excited to kick off this year is my own Desi version of Elf on the Shelf. Instead of Elf, though, I'll be using our very own Baby Krishna plush, especially since Krishna already comes with a reputation of being mischievous and getting in all sorts of adventures. I'll write a letter from Baby Krishna to the kids and then hide him all around the house. Each day, when they find him, they'll also receive a 'fun fact' about Diwali. Kids learn so much better whenever they can gamify a situation, so I'm looking forward to teaching them about the story behind Diwali."
              -Avani of Modi Toys

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              Spreading Joy

              "For our family at LBP, Diwali represents a deep sense of gratitude. It means light over darkness. Love over hate. Kindness over bullying. We do this by spreading joy in as many ways as possible, whether it's sending out appreciative and kind notes via SMS to customers or surprising customers with additional goodies in a package. We believe the ability to spread light starts with us, and it only takes small gestures of gratitude to turn the wheel. And we'll start with those whom we cherish most, our LBP family!"
              - Munaf of Little Big Playroom

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              Mixing Cultures

              "When I was growing up, and now for my kids, significant religious traditions go with the Diwali festival. I grew up in a Sikh household, and our religious traditions differed from what my kids were growing up with. They are bi-religious; we practice Hindu and Sikh religious traditions. What's so lovely about our new Diwali traditions is that we not only have integrated my husband's family but our other family friends into traditions. We diversify our home and integrate our Diwali festivals with all, just like Christmas, Chanukah, and Dia de los Muertos. We are bringing friends from all backgrounds together so they can enjoy Diwali just like we do!"
              -Zabina of In KidZ

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