Diwali, the festival of lights, is a widely celebrated religious and cultural holiday that generally honors the triumph of light over darkness, or good over evil. The annual, five-day festival has its roots in Hinduism, but it is celebrated across multiple faiths. Diwali traditions include lighting diyas (oil lamps) and engaging in special feasts that include an eye-catching array of mithai, or sweet treats. Diwali is happening in November this year, with the main day of celebrations taking place on November 12. Here are a sampling of Boston-area restaurants and bakeries offering special meals and to-go packages to celebrate the holiday.
This takeout-only shop in Charlestown specializes in vegetarian fare from India’s third-largest state, Maharashtra. The shop sells lots of goodies for Diwali, including packages of besan ladoo, shankarpali, deep-fried coconut karanji, barfi made with rose petal jam, and sweet rava naral laddu. Can’t decide between the treats? The shop also offers a $75 Diwali sweets combo with a little bit of everything included. Pre-orders are due by November 8 for delivery on November 11.
Fan-favorite Indian restaurant Shanti has assembled Diwali feast boxes that include a five-course meal featuring chole bhature and dum biryani (vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available), and assorted mithai, or sweet treats. Each box also includes diya lights and festive gifts to celebrate the holiday. The boxes are $80 for two people or $150 for four people and can be delivered or picked up at Shanti’s Roslindale or Dorchester locations on November 7 or 9. Online ordering is available here.
Baker Niketa Shroff is putting together gorgeous packages of sweets for Diwali, including gulab jamun trifles and rasmalai tiramisu with ladyfingers and saffron mascarpone mousse. Message Schroff on Instagram or call or email to place orders by October 31. Orders can be delivered or picked up from Chestnut Hill.