Nothing beats the passion with which India celebrates Diwali! It is a time for worship, feasting, gratitude and gaiety. However, if you thought that these festivities were only limited to India, you’d be mistaken.
Here are a few countries where the festival of lights is celebrated in full swing!
Diwali is celebrated within a number of pockets of the Indian community in Australia, especially in cities like Melbourne and Sydney. The celebration held at Federation Square in Melbourne is the largest one. The festivities here are marked with live entertainment, art and cultural shows and fireworks display.
With most cities boasting of a sizable Indian community, the United States celebrates the festival of lights with great enthusiasm. Several temples organize Diwali night with customary prayers and a communal dinner. You may even find a ‘Diwali parade’ in some parts of the bigger cities.
Even the White House doesn’t remain unaffected by the Diwali fever! Trump celebrated the festival 3 days before India.
The Hindu community makes up a fairly large percentage of the population in Mauritius. A whole week of celebrations and a public holiday on Diwali day, that’s how this multicultural island celebrates the festival.
Another country with a multi-religious society, Malaysia also has a public holiday on Diwali. The ‘Little India’ area in Kuala Lumpur is one of the places which celebrates this festival with a lot of pomp and glory. People come together to pray, exchange gifts and wishes and (of course) enjoy the delicious food.
Deepawali is celebrated with great fervor in Singapore, owing to the country’s significant Hindu population. The celebrations in Little India, an ethnic district in Singapore, can match up to the ones held in any Indian city.
So, where do you plan to go next Diwali?