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The Sassy Mama Guide to Diwali in Hong Kong

The Indian festival Diwali falls on 13th November this year. Hindus all over the world will be honoring Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth, with family and friends. Here’s our low down on where to eat, what to love and where to pray during the Hindu New Year.

EAT

Sassy Mamas looking for a stylish twist on traditional sweets should head to The Rose Petal Cakery. They are offering mehndi and Om inspired cookies, as well as beautiful boxes of mithai, coconut burfi, cashew and almond burfi. The coconut burfi comes in boxes of 9 and 16 pieces, priced at $200 and $300 respectively.  Boxes of 12 Om inspired cookies are priced at $450 – with a discount available for larger orders. Everyone’s favourite sweet dessert – the gulab jamun and a chocolate layered burfi are also available upon special request.

The Rose Petal Cakery: Contact Anoushka on (852) 6012 0392 or e-mail: sales@rosepetalcakery.com

Mixed mithai can be ordered from most Indian restaurants including Bombay Dreams. Trinity Groceries stock and deliver almost everything (including mithai) to your doorstep. The online Spice Store has mithai, diyas, coconuts and thalis, which can be delivered.

Bombay Dreams: Carfield Commercial Building,  75-77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2971 0001. Trinity Groceries: Unit 1210, 12/F, Sunbeam Center, 27 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2314 9295.

PRAY

Visit The Hindu Temple in Happy Valley or the Kowloon Hindu Temple in Tsim Sha Tsui for Diwali prayers all day on Tuesday 13 November.

Hindu Temple: 1B Wong Nai Chong Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2572 5284. (Opposite the racecourse and next to the HK Sanatorium Hospital).

Kowloon Hindu Temple: 2/F, Carnavon Mansion, 8-12 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2572 5284.

CELEBRATE

PLAY & HKYantoYan Presents: HIPPY DIWALI  a night of retro Bollywood, Henna, Indian sweets, peace, love and happiness… with DJ Raz and DJ Raahil on the decks. There will even be a dancing coach! On Thursday 15 November, 10pm till late. Free entry for ladies and $200 for gentlemen.

Address: 1/F On Hing Building, On Hing Terrace, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2525 1318.

LIGHTS

The Candle Company, has one of the largest selection of candles, holders and incense in Hong Kong.

Address: G/F, 11 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong. Tel (852) 2545 0099.

 

DRESS

For Indian inspired outfits as well as traditional clothing check out Fine ‘N’ Rhine, Tabla or Sanskrit. All of these shops stock beautiful Indian clothing – saris, lenghas, shawls and kurta tops.

Fine ‘N’ Rhine: 2/F, V-Plus, 68-70 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel (852) 3118 7338 and Flat B, 3/F, Lyton Building, 42 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2721 8166.
Tabla: M31, Princes Building Central, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2525 5590.
Sanskrit: G/F, 48 Lyndhurst Terrace, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2545 2088.

SPARKLE

Mamas, this is one thing you shouldn’t miss! The Asia Society Hong Kong Center presents When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection celebrating the dazzling beauty and awe-inspiring technical craftsmanship of Indian jewelry. Can’t get more exotic than this. The stunning exhibition presents more than 160 pieces of jewelry from 1st through the 20th centuries. Plenty of nature-inspired designs are found on the jewelry, from ear studs each in the form of a lotus to armbands featuring petal and leaf weaving. Plenty of photographs – dating all the way back to the 19th and 20th centuries will be displayed alongside the jewelry, to provide you with a more comprehensive understanding of the ways in which jewelry was worn. Need we say more? From now til January 6 2013.

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday:  11am – 5pm / Public Holidays and Weekends: 10am – 5pm / Last Thursday of the month: 11am – 8pm. Closed on Mondays.

Admission: $30 Adult, $15 Asia Society member, $15 Seniors (aged 60 & above), and individuals with disabilities

Free admission for full-time students & visitors aged 18 or below; complimentary for PC members (with a maximum of 2 guests).Address: Asia Society Hong Kong Center, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Former Explosives Magazine, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2103 9511.

KIDS

Drop by Bookazine for Diwali gifts including the lovely book children’s book: Amma, Tell Me About Diwali. This special book tells the story of Prince Rama’s celebration and his homecoming… then his victory over Ravana, the evil demon King. And a story of Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of Wealth, who rewards her true devotees with fortune and good health.
Address: Bookazine at the Landmark Prince’s, Shop 309, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2522 1785.
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