Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Festival of Lights: A Cake Collaboration!

We are 37 cake artists from around the world, all from different countries and regions with different backgrounds, religions and ethnicities. We have come together to acknowledge a beautiful, special Hindu holiday which is celebrated in Autumn of every year. It is called "Diwali", also known as "A Festival of Lights". It is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year! The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. During the festival, which is celebrated for five days, Hindus prepare by cleaning, decorating, shopping, gift giving and baking sweet treats for loved ones. Feasts are prepared and families come together. Prayers are offered to deities. Stories of ancient myths and legends are told to children. Children prepare for the celebration by painting rangoli chalk designs on walkways and on the night of Diwali, fireworks are displayed. It is the happiest of all Hindu celebrations! 

As cake artists we wanted to represent this beautiful holiday in cake form. Each of us designed our cakes based on the gorgeous colors, rich traditions and religious practices inspired by Diwali. Please join us to celebrate Diwali! 





MY INSPIRATION:

In preparation for the Diwali Festival, the Hindu children draw beautiful Rangoli patterns with chalk on the walkways leading to their houses. These colorful drawings are meant to be sacred welcoming areas for the Hindu deities. My cake, especially my cake board is inspired by these chalk drawings and Rangoli designs, which can be simple geometric shapes, deity impressions, or flower and petal shapes. I chose the paisley shape as it is also seen throughout Indian fashion, d├ęcor and art. My cake also has the lotus flower which is also a traditional Hindu symbol, meaning beauty, fertility, prosperity, spirituality, and eternity.

To learn more about Diwali, The Festival of Lights and our Collaboration please visit The Festival of Lights: A Cake Collaboration

To view a fun slideshow featuring our cakes please click here SLIDESHOW.

We hope you enjoy……Happy Diwali!

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