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A look at how Diwali is celebrated in different nations


Diwali in Mauritius. Image: Instagram/shangrilamauritius

Marking the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance, the festival of light has finally arrived. Celebrated by Hindus around the world, Diwali signifies the return of Lord Ram after 14 years in exile. While people are busy shopping, decorating their homes and planning gifts for loved ones, we are extremely excited about the festivities around us. Feasting on traditional sweets, exchanging meaningful gifts and adorning yourself with glamorous avatars, the auspicious time for gratitude and cheerfulness has finally arrived. However, if until now you thought that the big Diwali celebrations were limited to India, then we have to tell you that you were wrong. Believe it or not but Diwali is one of those festivals which is celebrated with great enthusiasm in several other countries. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at how other countries are marking this auspicious occasion:

Nepal
Also called Tihar, Deepavali in this neighboring country of India is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm. For those who don’t know, after Dashain, the Festival of Lights is the second biggest festival in Nepal. Locals here celebrate it not only by exchanging gifts and decorating their homes, but also by offering prayers to Goddess Lakshmi.

Sri Lanka
One of the most beloved festivals in the country, Diwali is considered a public holiday in Sri Lanka. Locals light lamps in hopes of warding off evil spirits, as they believe lamps symbolize a ray of hope for a better future.

Singapore

Just like India, Singapore is completely illuminated during the auspicious occasion of Diwali. From vivid rangolis to expansive decorations, the whole atmosphere of the celebration is truly a sight to behold. The destination simply shines in the candles and beautiful lights.

Canada
Although Diwali is not a national holiday in Canada, the large percentage of Indian diaspora present in the North American country makes the festival a big deal. For those unaware, Brampton in Canada is known as Mini Punjab. Due to the country’s large Sikh population, Punjabi has become the third official language of the Canadian Parliament.

Mauritius
Surprisingly, the Hindu community comprises almost 50% of the Mauritian population. And hence, Diwali is synonymous with extreme excitement and fervor. The island nation also declares a public holiday in preparation for the much-loved festival.

We wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous Diwali!

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