Come and celebrate Diwali with MokSHA! From Monday, November 9th to Wednesday, November 11th, diners are invited to take part in a special, three-course dinner in honor of the biggest festival in Indian tradition. Complimentary Henna art tattoos will be offered on November 10th from 6:30 PM and November 11th from 6:00 PM.
Diwali, or the “Festival of Lights”, is a custom that can be traced back to ancient times, and remains a significant religious festival for followers of Hinduism, Sikhism, and Jainism. Though the details vary from one group to another, it always represents a celebration of the victory of good over evil. To some, it recognizes the return of the god Rama and his family from exile, as described in the Hindu epic, Ramayana. Others believe it is about the return of Pandavas, according to another Hindu epic known as Mahabharata. Still others associate it with the goddess Lakshmi, and the day she married the god Vishnu.
For much of India, the Diwali celebration takes place throughout the course of the five days, either in October or early November. Rituals and preparations begin weeks in advance, all leading up to the new moon of the lunar month of Kartika. By the time Diwali starts, homes and shops are decorated with colorful flowers, diyas and rangolis. When the moon is enshrouded and the night is at its darkest, people will illuminate the sky with candles, lanterns and fireworks. They will then gather with their friends and families to share in feasts and traditional sweets.
Regardless of where you are from or what you believe, Diwali is a time for people coming together in the spirit of peace, charity, and kindness. If you’d like to celebrate this spirit with quality Indian cuisine, we look forward to welcoming you at MokSHA in Bellevue!