What is Karthigai?
In South India, Karthigai Deepam is the festival of lamps and lights, and it is celebrated after Diwali in the full moon day in the month of 'Karthigai' in the Tamizh calendar. This festival is so beautiful, and every house in every street light up all the lamps ('vilakku' as it is called in Tamizh) and arrange them beautifully inside and outside their homes.
What is the significance of Karthigai?
Lord Shiva (as Lord Tripuranthaka) killed the three demonic brothers who ruled all the three worlds, and this Lord is prayed in the form of fire on this day. It is prayed that every living being on this Earth who sees this light today is blessed with good thoughts and rid of the many sins we commit. This is a traditional festival of great significance, and it is prayed that the everyone is blessed with good thoughts and good life.
What is the special traditional food made on Karthigai?
The festival of Karthigai calls for a special menu, usually with dishes like sweep ghee appams, pori urundai, adai, etc. These are very, very tasty. You can see the picture of delicious nei appams that we make on Karthigai!