Get set for the festival of lights on 12 November with our ideas for observing the Hindu, Sikh and Jain holiday
All you need to celebrate
Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is a joyful five-day celebration, with the main event falling on the day of the new moon. Families, friends, neighbours and communities come together to mark the occasion with bright lights, fireworks, delicious food and gifts.
Saurabh, a senior software engineer at M&S, describes the festival as “a celebration of victory of light over darkness”, while model Gaurav (pictured here in our pink velvet tuxedo), says for him, it’s about spending time with family and friends and sharing good food.
The sweetest thing
Make gifting fuss-free this Diwali by choosing something from our food and drink gifts range. If you can’t celebrate together this year, don’t worry – you can get it sent directly to your recipient’s door. Our single-origin Collection chocolate bars gift fits neatly through the letterbox – the perfect surprise to make a loved one smile. There’s also our mini chocolate blondies and brownies box, an extremely chocolatey gift bag and plenty more to choose from.
If you’d prefer to give a non-food gift, we’ve got you covered with beauty treats, glittering scented candles, houseplants and lots more. Not sure what to choose? Opt for our beautifully designed Diwali M&S e-gift card – they can spend it on whatever they like in store or online.
Get set to sparkle
However you’re celebrating Diwali this year, you’ll find dazzling occasionwear for the whole family in our range. We love this shimmering column midi dress, in a comfy fit with a flattering self-tie belt and elegant long sleeves. The tuxedo trend is hot news in menswear – we’ve got lots of tuxedo-style blazers to choose from, and this pink velvet version will make a real statement.
Kitting out the kids for Diwali will help them feel part of the celebrations. This sparkly checked dress features super-cute puffed sleeves and a bow at the back, making it a fun choice. There’s plenty for boys in our kids’ partywear collection, too – think smart-yet-comfy pieces such including oxford shirts, chinos and more.
For Gaurav, a big part of Diwali is exchanging homemade sweets with other households. He loves helping his mother to make traditional sweets, such as milk-based barfi, and gifting them to relatives.
Our super-simple recipe for chocolate barfi truffles is a twist on this Diwali classic. The best part? These moreish truffles don’t require any cooking whatsoever – simply chill them in the fridge to set. Click here to see the full recipe, and head to your local M&S Foodhall to find all the ingredients you’ll need.
Words: Rebecca Hastings