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These countries around the world celebrate festival of Diwali in style

  • Mrinalini Singh
  • October 12, 2017
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The Festival of Lights, Diwali is a celebration that marks the victory of good over evil, light over dark and knowledge over ignorance. Exchanging gifts, feasting on traditional sweets and wearing new clothes are other Diwali traditions. A time for both gratitude and gaiety, here’s how Diwali is celebrated around the world.

  1. Mauritius: Mauritius has a large number of Hindus who along with non-Hindus celebrate the joyous festival of Diwali. The festivities span almost a week and Diwali day is a declared public holiday on this multi-cultural island. Celebrations are about family, friends, feasting and fun. Fireworks add to the spirit of it all!2. USA: Asians rank amongst one of the largest immigrant groups in USA of which, Indians are a substantial number. Most cities have a sizeable Indian community and Diwali is a holiday celebrated with much enthusiasm.  Be it in New Jersey, Illinois, Texas or California, temples across cities usually host a Diwali night that sees priests performing customary prayers followed by a vegetarian communal dinner. Bigger cities also hold a Diwali parade in some parts! Like elsewhere in the world, friends and family visit each other’s homes and exchange gifts as part of the Diwali celebrations.3. Singapore: Known as Deepavali, the day is a public holiday in Singapore. With a significant Hindu population, the fervour in Little India is akin to that in any city in India, if not more! The streets are transformed by colourful flowers, buntings and lights. Storefronts are decorated in hues of red and gold and the wafting aroma of flowers and incense fills the air. People are dressed in their fineries as prayers are held to thank the divine.4. Malaysia: While Islam is the official religion of Malaysia, it is a very multi-religious society and Diwali is a public holiday here. Like Singapore, the Little India area in the capital city Kuala Lumpur is where all the celebrations are at the outside of the homes of Hindus. Friends and family get together to pray and offer gratitude for the blessing of the year past and the year to come. In celebration of Diwali, many Indian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur offer special menus featuring traditional Indian snacks and sweets.  Enjoy!5. Australia: With a large Indian population in Australia, cities like Sydney and Melbourne see Diwali celebrated within several pockets of the community. Most notably, Diwali at Federation Square in Melbourne has grown to become the largest celebration in Australia. Marked with a grand display of fireworks, live entertainment like traditional dances of India and art and cultural shows, Diwali is enjoyed by one and all!

                                                                Make this Diwali a memorable one!!

The Festival of Lights, Diwali is a celebration that marks the victory of good over evil, light over dark and knowledge over ignorance. Exchanging gifts, feasting on traditional sweets and wearing new clothes are other Diwali traditions. A time for both gratitude and gaiety, here’s how Diwali is celebrated around the world. Mauritius: Mauritius has a large number of Hindus who along with non-Hindus celebrate the joyous festival of Diwali. The festivities span almost a week and Diwali day is a declared public holiday on this multi-cultural island. Celebrations are about family, friends, feasting and fun. Fireworks add to the spirit of it all!2. USA: Asians rank amongst one of the largest immigrant groups in USA of which, Indians are a substantial number. Most cities have a sizeable Indian community and Diwali is a holiday celebrated with much enthusiasm.  Be it in New Jersey, Illinois, Texas or California, temples across cities usually host a Diwali night that sees priests performing customary prayers followed by a vegetarian communal dinner. Bigger cities also hold a Diwali parade in some parts! Like elsewhere in the world, friends and family visit each other’s homes and exchange gifts as part of the Diwali celebrations.3. Singapore: Known as Deepavali, the day is a public holiday in Singapore. With a significant Hindu population, the fervour in Little India is akin to that in any city in India, if not more! The streets are transformed by colourful flowers, buntings and lights. Storefronts are decorated in hues of red and gold and the wafting aroma of flowers and incense fills the air. People are dressed in their fineries as prayers are held to thank the divine.4. Malaysia: While Islam is the official religion of Malaysia, it is a very multi-religious society and Diwali is a public holiday here. Like Singapore, the Little India area in the capital city Kuala Lumpur is where all the celebrations are at the outside of the homes of Hindus. Friends and family get together to pray and offer gratitude for the blessing of the year past and the year to come. In celebration of Diwali, many Indian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur offer special menus featuring traditional Indian snacks and sweets.  Enjoy!5. Australia: With a large Indian population in Australia, cities like Sydney and Melbourne see Diwali celebrated within several pockets of the community. Most notably, Diwali at Federation Square in Melbourne has grown to become the largest celebration in Australia. Marked with a grand display of fireworks, live entertainment like traditional dances of India and art and cultural shows, Diwali is enjoyed by one and all!                                                                 Make this Diwali a memorable one!!

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