Happy Diwali

We celebrated our Diwali or “Festival of Light” with our family this evening. We started with some prayers and lit all our candles, before feasting on chana masala, saag, bhatura, daal, chilli paneer, potato and green beans and raita. This was followed by the tastiest sweet called jilebi. Then we exchanged gifts. Happy Diwali to you all!!!
   
    
   

Diwali at Tamarind

The BFM and family along with other friends got together at Tamarind Indian Restaurant

54-56 Stranmillis Road
Belfast
BT9 5AD
United Kingdom
+44 28 9066 8080

It was £15 per adult for starters, mains and dessert.For starters we had chicken pakoras, chicken tikka and veggie samosa, with poppadoms and chutneys. For mains there were two chicken dishes, a lamb dish and a veggie dish. Also salad, nan and rice. It was all buffet style and delicious. Followed by kheer which is rice pudding. We only had to pay for drinks.

Diwali is the Hindu ceremony of Festival of Lights and our new year. We started with a prayer ceremony by our Priest. Then the food and sparklers outside for the kids. Then there was singing,dancing and performances by the kids before we took the kids home!!!

Once again the BFM shares the food love!!! Ciao down now!!!

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Multicultural Diwali celebration at QUB

The BFM was invited to attend the joint South Asian Student Society and Malaysian Student Society NI at Space in the Queens University Belfast Students Society.

I took my 6 year old daughter and we were royally entertained by dancers and singers. The dancers,singers and musicians are full time students and have amazing talents. They sang Hindi,Tamil and English songs from Movies and also enacted a musical play about a Casanova type chap.How do they cram in practice and study?!?!

Midway through the show there was a break for chicken nuggets and drinks then the show went on…..

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After the break was more performances, including a wonderful solo guitarist. There was a henna stall and an authentic Indian Clothes stall at the back of the hall. There was also a fantastic lad who danced very well and played the tablas exceptionally.
Great Drumming by Faisal the President.

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After the show there was a delicious buffet meal provided by Bollywood Spice.Tasty Keralan style Indian food. To start there was chicken and vegetable pakoras, a Keralan chicken dish, chick peas and paneer with peas, with rice,nan and mixed veg raita and pickle. There was gulab jaman for sweets.

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Happy Diwali or Deepawali

Hi from the BFM. Just wanted to wish you all a happy Diwali!!!!

Diwali is a festival held every year in late October or early November by Indian people all around the world.

It is celebrated because Lord Ram returned from 14 years exile to his home. It is also the Hindu people’s New Year and financial New Year. So it is Christmas and New Year rolled into one. It is also known as the Festival of Lights. Light signifies purity and the path through darkness, or good over evil.

At Diwali gifts and sweets are exchanged, prayers are offered to the powers that be especially Laxmi Goddess of Wealth, they are called Pujas. New clothes are donned and fireworks are let off. Some people even gamble and make merry. All around the houses are lit Diyas or small lights eg tea lights are lit to bring light into the darkness.

Of course there is the feasting. Lots of delicious Indian Fayre is made like aloo gobhi, daal, bindi, paneer, rice and raita to name a few of the vast array of food.

So once again Happy Diwali from the BFM.

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