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Celebrating Diwali with light and sweets

Celebrating Diwali with light and sweets

Priya DasSarma's childhood memories of celebrating Diwali in India are bright and happy, filled with firecrackers, lanterns and many, many sweets. The Ellicott City resident's family moved around when she was a child, bouncing between India, Europe and the United States, but she's held on to those memories of light and sugar. "From a child's perspective, it's all about the sweets," she says with a laugh, recalling her family's fondness for a milky, nutty treat called halva. Like many Hindus in the United States, DasSarma celebrates with her family, filling their home with light and delicious treats. Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is the...

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