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Diwali In Leicester and across the World

Diwali is a Hindu festival celebrated on a new moon night sometime in October or November. It is known as the ‘Festival of Lights’ which people celebrate by filling the night sky with fireworks and arranging tea lights around the house. Diwali one of the biggest festivals in India, if not the biggest. The night sky is filled with fireworks and homes are adorn with tea lights and candles. We looked into how Diwali is celebrated across the world other than India including our very own Leicester:

Leicester – One of the main attractions in Leicester is Belgrave Road, better known as the Golden Mile. The Golden Mile is covered in lights which are turned on two weeks prior to Diwali Day and stay on throughout. There are many stalls where you are able to buy different Indian sweets and savouries made by local shops. As part of the celebrations, there is a large fireworks display that can be seen along the whole of Belgrave Road and neighbouring streets.

Nepal – Diwali is known as Tihar in Nepal which is celebrated to honour the Goddess Lakshmi and Ganesh. The festivals, however, last for 5 days, each with their own importance. The first day is devoted to cows, who are fed and prayed too. On day two dogs are fed special meals and on the third-day lamps and lanterns to signify the return of Ram. The fourth day is dedicated to Yama who is the lord of death and the final day, known as Bhai Dooj, celebrates brothers and sisters.

Thailand – Loi Krathrog, which means ‘to float a basket’ is the Diwali name in Thailand. Loi Krathong is celebrated on the full moon day in the twelfth month of the Thai calendar. It is celebrated with beautiful fireworks, banana leaf lamps, rice paper hot air balloons and candles are floated in all bodies.

Sri Lanka – Deepawali is one of the most celebrated festivals in Sri Lanka much like India. It has the same associated as Indian traditions, but is celebrated for five days by the Hindu Tamilians. There are multiple spiritual rituals and traditions such as distributing sweets and savouries among family and friends, as well as lighting the oil lamps and letting off fireworks.

There are many other countries that celebrate Diwali such as Guyana, South Africa and also Fiji where it is a public holiday. Diwali 2017 is approaching soon and we would like to wish everyone a very Happy Diwali and a Prosperous New Year from the entire CJC Interiors team!

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Greatest Cookbooks to use in your Kitchen

Cookbooks have been around for since the 1st Century and have since been a kitchen necessity. As one of the top kitchen companies in Leicester, we know just how important it can be to have the perfect cookbook for your kitchen. It can inspire you to try new recipes and ingredients, and also be a great way to pass the time. Here are some cookbooks that we believe are a must for any kitchen.

  • Real Food by Nigel Slater – This is a classic guide to comfort foods. It was originally accompanied by his TV show with the same name in the 90s. Nigel uses ingredients that we have all heard of, using techniques everyone is aware of. It is a straightforward book that makes you excited about cooking, not making it seem like a chore.
  • The Naked Chef by Jamie Oliver – The Naked Chef was Jamie Oliver’s first book, becoming an instant hit with all as well as giving him the nickname. The great thing about this cookbook is that the recipes are timeless and the recipes are easy to make. The book includes plenty of tips and tricks to help you along the way. Jamie encourages experimenting, allowing you to add your own spin and preferences along the way.
  • Summer Cooking by Elizabeth David – Although this is an older book, the 50s to be exact, it is a well-known classic. Elizabeth David travelled all over the world and created a range of books, Summer Cooking being one of them. It includes a range of chapters from soups to sauces, all perfect for the summer weather.
  • Delia’s Complete How to Cook by Delia Smith – This cookbook is great for both amateurs and for whizzes in the kitchen. It is an all-inclusive guide of recipes, techniques and kitchen protocol. As the book progresses, it becomes more and more challenging, from making simple eggs through to smocked haddock with crème fraiche. It is a simple book to follow through and although it was first released nearly 20 years ago, the tone of the book makes it great to follow through recipes.
  • Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan – With 300 recipes to choose from, this cookbook is must have for all baking lovers. Not only are there many desserts to choose from, but is also cover baked goods such as brioches and quick breads. There are hundreds of hints within the main book plus a mini book with little facts and tricks.

Top 7 things to do in Leicester

Leicester is a vibrant, beautiful city with lots of different cultures, our kitchens showroom (of course!) and history packed into it. A city worth visiting, here we list the top 7 things we think are must to do when in Leicester:

  • National Space Centre – this out of the world experience is one not to miss. The National Space Centre is the largest planetarium in the UK, dedicated to space exploration and science. With many attractions inside, such as a thrilling 3D simulator experience and the 42 m high rocket tower, you will not be disappointed with this unique experience, perfect for a family day out.

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  • King Power Stadium – ever since Leicester City Football Club have won the Premier League, their stadium tours have been soaring. Running on weekends, go take a peak of the areas of the stadium, where popular players such as have Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have stood, and get the opportunity to learn about the clubs history. If you a football fan, this is a must to do!
  • New Walk Museum and Art Gallery – the original museum in Leicester, this one is perfect for a family friendly day out. Including a range of galleries such as Ancient Egypt, Dinosaurs, Victorian Art, containing the finest of art collections, and one aimed for under fives, The Den, this museum has a range of art to cater for all ages.
  • King Richard III Visitor Centre – this centre has been built to tell the story of the extraordinary search and discovery of King Richard III’s body. In August 2012, a search began for King Richard III’s remains underneath a car park and five months later the skeleton unearthed was confirmed to be his. The centre stands on the site where his body was buried 500 years ago and for those who thrive off history, this exhibition will be the perfect choice for you.

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  • Leicester Guildhall – Being one of the best-preserved timber framed halls in the country, it’s an essential in Leicester’s history. Having now been standing for 600 years, it has had many uses throughout the years such as the mayor’s parlour and a courtroom, it is now home to Medieval Leicester Galleries, where you will be taken back to the Medieval times, walking through the streets of Medieval Leicester, uncovering a new era!
  • Great Central Railway – being UK’s only double track, main line heritage railway, this attraction is a unique one! Running every weekend, bank holidays and some days during summer, it’s the only time and place in the world where full-size steam engines can be seen passing each other.
  • Golden Mile – A whole mile dedicated to the Asian culture, showing the city’s vivacious side. With a variety of ethnic shops such as Indian clothing wear stores, gold and jewellery stores; this road is must to visit as it defines Leicester.