Festivals

On a Trail of Joy

Often dubbed as the most wonderful time of the year, December is a time to welcome the good tidings, good cheer, warmth and, of course, the festival of Christmas. A time to shop, decorate the tree, relax and bond with family and friends, Christmas is all about happiness, gifting and enjoying the essence of the holiday season. Synonymous with plum cake, gingerbread cookies, mulled wine, parties and presents, Christmas is also intrinsically associated with Christmas markets.

Origins in the Late Middle Ages

Christmas markets also known as Christkindlmark (translating into Christ Child Market) have been a tradition believed to have originated in Germany. December markets have been mentioned as early as the 13th century, but Dresden’s Striezelmarkt, which was held way back in 1434, may have been the first true Christmas market. Conventionally held in the town square, the markets have traditionally housed open-air stalls offering seasonal produce including wine, plums, bread and cake. With song, dance, decorations and a nativity scene, Christmas markets have always been symbols of celebration, tradition and holidays. 

Here is a look at some famous Christmas markets across the globe!

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DIWALI, THE SEASON OF LIGHTS AND DESSERTS!

Come November, and it is time for the festival of lights, aka Diwali or Deepawali. Arguably the most popular festivals of the Hindu calendar, it celebrates the victory of good over evil and light over darkness.

Diwali is all about new beginnings, prosperity — and happiness. It marks the beginning of the new year in some communities in states like Gujarat and Rajasthan and is celebrated for a period of five days. The worship of Goddess Lakshmi, the deity of wealth, is one of the highlights of the festival, along with the lighting of lamps. As with all festivals, food is an integral part of the celebration, and Diwali is defined by the mouth-watering desserts, specially prepared for the occasion.

Chef Praveen Shetty of Conrad Bengaluru, whose team has recently launched Khushiyan by Hilton, a range of exclusive sweets for the festive season, provided four of the recipes.

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SEEMA Recommends: Festive Eats

It’s that most wonderful time of the year — the festive season, the season of fancy clothes, family gatherings (safely done, of course), traditional activities, and lavish feasts. No festival is really complete without the joy of a grand eat, blitzing through varieties of snacks, savories, desserts, what have you. In the midst of all the nosy relatives and the incessant picture-taking, the food is really the shining beacon at big fat Indian festivals.

We at SEEMA wholeheartedly agree, having enjoyed a plate — or five — of our favorites at these occasions. We’ve got for you some of the team’s favorite festive eats, from the sweet to the delightfully savory, and hope you’ll enjoy these for yourselves this season!

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The Delectable Spirits of Diwali

Whether you party with alcoholic beverages or stick to virgin tipple, your Diwali drink should match the mood of the season.
Not sure where to start when selecting the perfect beverage for your Diwali meal? Let us help. Here are some of our best tips to create a signature celebratory festival drink, as well as some imaginative ideas to get you started. 

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Savories For the Season

Come Diwali aka Deepawali, and it is time for fire crackers, family get-togethers, parties and delectable food. With a plethora of sweets and savories for the festive season, Diwali is all about good food and great vibes. THENKUZHAL MURUKKU OR THENGOL One of the most loved savory dishes for the festive season is thenkuzhal murukku,…

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