As we head towards Diwali (the Hindu festival of lights), Emirates is preparing to celebrate both in its lounge and onboard its aircraft.
For flights heading to and from India, between 9 -15 November, Diwali delicacies will be served in all classes and select lounges.
Passengers travelling to and from Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Cochin, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Kolkata, and Mumbai will be treated to a selection of sumptuous Diwali sweets, traditional fare in lounges, and even Diwali-themed cocktails and mocktails in lounges.
In the First Class Lounge in Dubai, customers can savour a Thali set, followed by a dessert of Kulfi Falooda, the traditional Indian ice cream with saffron and pistachio, dal kachori and vegetable samosas, with a Phuljadi cocktail featuring Woodford reserve, chai mix, lemon, orange and agave.
In the Business Class Lounge, customers can also enjoy kachori, samosas, angoori rabdi and rasgullas, as well as Diwali cocktail Rum ta jogi with white rum, elderflower, lemon and pinch of chaat masala.
In the Emirates Lounges of Cape Town and Johannesburg where there are considerable Indian diaspora, travellers can feast on more ladoo, the beloved jalebi – spiral-shaped sweets made with flour and yoghurt, and burfi, a signature Indian milk-based fudge.
Aboard Emirates services, Premium Economy and Economy Class passengers can savour a traditional treat of motichoor laddu with their hot meal. These are flour balls are deep fried and simmered in a sweet blend of cardamom and saffron, to become juicy bitesize laddus. First and Business Class passengers will also be offered a Pista roll, ground cashew nut with a fudge texture made up of spices, pistachios and edible silver leaf.
Emirates ice in-flight entertainment system will also have up 260 Indian movies loaded onboard too, with classic Bollywood and regional films, music videos and audio channels.
Celebrating cultures and traditions
Travelling during festive periods is never easy – there’s the stress of ensuring you’re at the right place at the right time – especially if you’ve got a family in tow, catering to their needs too.
Having gentle reminders that an airline has your needs in mind is always a welcome thing to see – be it in the premium offering in the lounge, or inflight with sweets to celebrate the Festival of Lights.
And sometimes, these small things can make a big difference when travelling.
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