Loulé’s newest Indian restaurant Maharaja welcomed schoolchildren from Vilamoura to experience Indian gastronomy while celebrating the Hindu festival Diwali.
Owners of the Maharaja Indian Restaurant, Mahboob Khalid, Mummad Azmat and Kamran Aziz welcomed 40 children and guests from the Vilamoura International School to take part in the Diwali celebrations and sample the delights of Indian food and culture.
Diwali is regarded as one of the most important festivals of the Hindu calendar. It is celebrated with great pomp and excitement and is mainly associated with lights, as it is also called the Festival of Light.
On the day of the festival, diyas (small clay lamps) are lit in everybody’s home irrespective of their social status. The name Diwali signifies ‘rows of lighted lamps’.
Diwali is a five-day festival, which this year started on November 13. Diwali marks the beginning of the Hindu and Gujarati New Year and is celebrated with the lighting of lamps and candles, and fireworks, which the restaurant provided for the occasion.
So that everyone was able to enjoy the celebration, the Maharaja Indian Restaurant hosted a further event on November 16.
The Maharaja is sister restaurant to the Maharaja Patiala situated in São Brás.
Both restaurants pride themselves in providing authentic dishes of Northern India, Punjab, Pakistan and regions, prepared with fresh spices and ingredients using traditional methods.
The restaurant is also available for charity events and private parties, and will be open over Christmas and New Year.
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Children from the Vilamoura school celebrating Dilawi