In most festival, dessert is your last course of a meal that's ordinarily a sweet dish or beverage. In India, candies are an integral part of festivals, serves or some other happy occasion.
Most Indian desserts include milk or ghee as its main ingredient. Milk candies occupy the first place in all Indian bakeries. There are also some desserts made with fruits and nuts.
In South India, a sweet item is often the first item to be served in a meal during home warming, birthdays and weddings. It symbolizes the sweet start of the occasion celebrated. Of course there's also a dessert at the last.