It’s Diwali and it’s that time of the year where our tables are flooded with sweets from near and dear ones. Everyone had to gear up for Diwali in their absolute best by making gift hampers filled with gorgeous diyas and traditional sweets. But with all the ‘mithais’ flooding the market, most have us have forgotten the good old traditions of the festivity.
The Khilona or sugar toys in the Northern part of India, still play a special role during Diwali. For decades cities like Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana ensure that these toys remain a part of the festivity. For those who aren’t aware, the Khilona are edible sugar crafted toys that often take the form of animals. Kids usually feast on these toys after playing with them during the celebrations.
The ‘Khilona’ or sugar candy
According to a report by The Tribune, the preparation for these treats start 20 days before Diwali. It is also known that in order to make these crystallized toys, the mixture of water and sugar are made and heated in a large vessel at a certain temperature. Once the desired concentration is achieved this mixture is transferred into wooden moulds that are shaped in the form of animals such as rabbits, horses, peacocks and more. These Khilones usually appear in colours like white, pink and yellow.
These edible sugar toys are as tall as 2 inches
The coloured ones bring out the brightness and the colours of the festival
Though these toys form an important part of our tradition, the number of people who make these have reduced greatly in our country. Misri Bazaar in Kanpur and Batashe wali gali in Lucknow still remains to be the biggest makers and suppliers of the Khilone. But even though the number has reduced, kids in different cities eagerly look forward to this sweet treat every Diwali. Most of them usually play with them and once they are hungry gobble them up.
Are you looking forward to reviving this old tradition? If yes, we wish you a sweet and Happy Diwali.