Festivals may originate from a particular religion but their celebration knows no bounds, especially when it is a festival that celebrates light and joy.
The Hindu festival of lights, Diwali is a special festivity as it celebrates the victory of good over evil, the victory of light over darkness. Hindus celebrate Diwali or Deepavali as a mark of Lord Ram returning home after 14 years in exile and also the beginning of the Hindu New Year.
Over the years, the Hindu diaspora across the world has kept on increasing and now one can witness Diwali celebrations across the world with the same zeal and enthusiasm.
Let us have a look at Diwali celebrations across the world:
The birthplace of the festival ofcourse has the best Diwali celebrations with an authentic display of cultures and rituals. The celebrations in India include Diwali holidays by schools and colleges, cleaning and adorning the houses with lights, making sweets and delicacies, exchanging gifts and spending time with friends and families. Apart from this, Diwali celebrations may vary slightly in different Indian states. Witness this glorious festival in person with our India tour packages.
With a huge residing Indian population, Indian tourists and a popular tourist destination known as Little India, Diwali has gained the status of a public holiday in Singapore as the celebrations are quite major. The streets are laid with lights and colourful flowers. Homes and storefronts are also decorated with flowers. People dress up in their best traditional outfits and celebrate Diwali by offering prayers and feasting on Diwali delicacies. However, firecrackers are not involved in Diwali celebrations in Singapore.
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Mauritius has an almost 50% Hindu population that celebrates Diwali but even the Mauritian Tamil population celebrates festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi and Diwali. Diwali celebrations last there for 5 days and the main day is a public holiday. The island nation lights up with the festival spirit as friends and families are involved in worship, feasting and entertainment.
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Malaysia has a strong influence on Indian culture and hence celebrates Indian festivals with great pomp too. Diwali is an official public holiday here too. Celebrations are grand, especially in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. The Indian restaurants are full of customers as they serve Diwali special delicacies and friends and families spend the day worshipping and offering gratitude for the past and the upcoming new year.
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The United States
The Indian community makes one of the biggest migrant communities in the US and the Hindu diaspora there is keen on celebrating all festivals on a grand scale. Houses and temples across cities like New Jersey, Illinois, Texas, California, etc. are embellished with light and diyas. Temples there usually host customary prayers and communal dinners while some places hold Diwali parties. Similar traditions of exchanging sweets and gifts with each other can be seen here.
Paired with the Diwali holidays, this might be a great opportunity to make plans for visiting the United States once you get your hands on your US Visa. Pick among one of the best US tour packages according to your preferences.
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Another major country that sees Diwali celebrations in Australia. Several pocket communities in cities like Melbourne and Sydney celebrate the festival of Diwali. The celebrations here include live entertainment with traditional dances, cultural shows, community services and a grand fireworks display.
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The Indonesian Hindu population, especially the ones residing in Bali celebrate Diwali similarly to India. Diwali is a public holiday here and people get together to burn crackers, release lanterns, worship the deities and perform important rituals.
Along with this religious celebration of Diwali, this visa-free nation is also a great place to practice spirituality. To spend some time in the beautiful country of Indonesia explore our Indonesia tour packages.
Diwali is celebrated in the same manner in Sri Lanka as in India by the Tamil community. The festival holds the same cultural significance there and people do light diyas to ward off evil spirits and invite a brighter future.
It is ideal to plan your Diwali holiday in Sri Lanka as you can receive the Sri Lanka visa within 1-2 days only.
Another major country with a huge Hindu community is the United Kingdom. In cities like Leicester and Birmingham, the Diwali spirit is celebrated with the Hindu community getting together to organise a big gathering worshipping the Goddess of wealth- Lakshmi, putting up decorations and having a feast of Diwali-special delicacies.
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Apart from these countries, one can experience Diwali celebrations in many other countries across the world. Small nations like Fiji, Nepal, Thailand, etc., and even big nations like Canada so celebrate Diwali in their own way. Even if you are currently staying in one of the above countries away from your home country, India, you can still get a taste of the celebrations of Diwali.
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