Preparing the Sweets
Diwali just isn’t Diwali unless sweets (called mithai) are prepared and shared with family and friends. Mounds of traditional Indian sweets and other foods are prepared in the home and families get together to share in the feasting. Hindus also make it a point to share the homemade sweets with friends and family to place an emphasis on generosity and joy. In India and in Indian sections of major U.S. cities, sweet shops spend days preparing for Diwali by making the choicest of sweets for consumption. Many businesses distribute sweets to their customers to show gratitude for their patronage.