A break from feastingAmidst all this feasting the day before Deepavali Narak Chaturdashi (to mark the killing of Narakasura) is reserved for food that is light and medicinal. Many rice preparations are made for Annakut puja for the day after Deepavali to worship Annapurna, the goddess of anna (rice or grain). Many mythological events have been associated with this season and there is a new festival every day for almost a week. The theme continues with social gatherings, as card games and chaupar, exchange of gifts etc are meant to warm up relationships just as the traditional foods around Deepavali warm you up for the coming winter. Another significant traditional Deepavali offering is the cheeni ke khilone, toys made of melted sugar in the shapes of animals, flowers, gods and goddesses that have survived the test of time.
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