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Indian festivals and sweets: A strong relationship

  • Posted on- Oct 01, 2015
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Everyone is well aware of a slogan “mu mitha kijiye” whenever any auspicious event occurs in India. People say this because sweets are a vital element of joy and happiness celebrated in this country. Whether it is related to the birth of a child, buying a new car or getting married, sharing sweets is a tradition that will always remain. It has become a sign of expressing love and gratitude towards those who are close to you.

Apart from marriages which initialise from distribution of sweets and end with the same, festivals are also playing a big role in distribution of sweets. All the Indian festivals are incomplete without its essence. Whether it is Diwali, Holi or the day of celebrating bond of brother and sister i.e. Raksha Bandhan, they act as an essential part for each one of them.

People who live close to their relatives go at each others place and share the packets of sweets during festive season. Earlier the facility of online shopping was not available so it was a bit difficult to gift these sweets to your loved ones who live quite far away from you. But now you have a large variety of sweets which can be ordered online and will be safely delivered to the place you want.

Sweets hold much significance in every Indian’s life. Even the smallest of occasion is celebrated by distributing sweets. However, there is a flip side of consuming too many sweets on the pretext of celebration. Sweets, which generally are not hygienically made, pose a big threat to our health. From obesity to gastric issues, excessive sweets can upset our body’s internal balance. By gorging on these ghee-laden and sugar-loaded sweets, you might be doing more harm than good to your overall health. So here are a few healthy sweet combinations which you can try next time when you celebrate an occasion:

  • Replace Gulab jamun with rasgulla: We all love gulab jamuns and these are one of the favourite sweets. Gulab jamuns are fried sweets and thus, are not a healthy option to add to your list of sweets. Instead, replace gulab jamuns with a healthier and tastier sweet like rasgulla.
  • Replace moong dal halwa with doodhi halwa: Another widely consumed home-made sweet is Moong dal halwa that is not only easy to prepare, but also loaded with ghee. This delicacy can be replaced by a healthy-to-digest and more nutritious doodhi halwa. Apart from being filling your stomach, this sweet can be made at home and in a healthy way.
  • Replace kaju katli and barfi with healthy barfi: There might be hardly anyone who doesn’t love the delicious and tasty kaju katli or barfi. Known for its rich taste, these sweets are high in calories and not a good idea to include them in your sweets list. Instead, opt for healthier and nutritious snacks like dates or anjeer (packed with iron and other minerals) barfi that are good for health.
  • Replace desserts and snacks with nutritious chikki: Instead of the calorie-rich, sugar-laden and made-in-ghee snacks and deserts, have sweets made from jaggery (a healthy sugar substitute) and those that are roasted. Some of the nutrient-rich and low-calorie snacks that you can try are chikki made from sesame (til) or roasted peanuts.

Festivals invariably take a large scale, people dance joyously and in a very festive mood. Each of the festivals promotes brotherhood, uniting the entire nation as a whole. The spirit of joyousness is such that we often forget to take care of our health and indulge in bungee eating. However, one must not forget to watch what goes into the mouth even in the festive season.


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23-08-2017 10:52 AM

Don’t eat excess of sweets as it will further result in gain in weight and opt for rich & festive food items.

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19-07-2017 07:19 AM

The things you mentioned are very nice. Will try to keep these points in mind and cut down calories as much as possible.

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