Top 5 Places to Celebrate Diwali Other Than India
If you are from India then you already know how much anticipation and excitement Diwali(” The festival of Lights “) brings in India.
But it’s not only India where Diwali is celebrated, but there are plenty of other countries where Diwali is celebrated and was declared as an official holiday for the country.
And it’s not that only the NRI Indians who celebrated Diwali in these countries but all sorts of people celebrate this festival of happiness no matter what’s there background is.
As all my fellow Indians know how much fun and delicacies Diwali brings with it in India and how every house is decorated with the lights and lamps.
And on the day of Diwali local folks celebrate this awesome festival by bursting crackers and enjoying fireworks, as on for nowadays this practice was avoided due to pollution concerns.
As you all know how much of an important festival is Diwali in India and how it’s celebrated but you all might be curious about how Diwali is celebrated in other countries and what it has to offer.
Here’s the list of top 5 countries where Diwali is celebrated other than India.
Just like in India Diwali in Fiji is also celebrated with lots of lightning and candle decorations, Taking advantage of Diwali people also reaffirm their bonds with their loved ones and due to Diwali people of Different races, communal and lingual backgrounds come together to celebrate thus giving the message of communal harmony.
Just like India Diwali is also considered as a National Holiday in Fiji so Indians, as well as Non-Indians, come forward to celebrate and take part in all sorts of fun activities that Diwali has to offer.
In Fiji, lots of school of also organize Diwali celebrations so that children can understand the significance and mora essence of Diwali, Activities such as essay writing, quiz, rangoli making, greeting card designing were organized so that children can learn and enjoy at the same time.
Like India Diwali in Mauritius, this year will be celebrated on 7th November, but the Diwali preparations were started long before that.
Mauritians mainly of Hindu faith starts Diwali preparations, first by cleaning their houses and decorating their houses with the strings of lights just like Christmas lights and light up their houses with the lamps or diyas.
They also buy new clothes for wearing on the day of the festival and start preparing traditional sweets and delicacies.
On the night of the festival, people lamp up their houses to welcome good fortune and blessings in their houses, People burst crackers and visit temples to pray goddess of wealth and prosperity(Lakshmi).
And the most amazing part is when people share the delicious sweets they prepared with friends and families irrespective of their race and community.
What are the things you can do as a tourist to enjoy the festival in Mauritius?
- The most amazing thing that you don’t wanna miss is the delicious sweets prepared by Mauritians, So if you know someone there, then visit their home and celebrate the festival with them, but even if you don’t know someone there you still can buy these sweets from stores and enjoy them.
- Walk through the city lanes you are staying and enjoy the visual beauty of the houses decorated with lots of lighting and lamps.
- You can also visit Temple to enjoy and share the good vibe of synchronized prayers by peoples and pray yourself for the wellness and prosperity of your family.
As with most festivals in Malaysia, Deepavali is a day for people of all races and religions getting together with lively open houses, fireworks displays, and a wide range of Indian delicacies.
About a week prior to the celebration, Hindus conduct a massive spring-cleaning of their homes while lit oil lamps are placed around different areas of the house, especially on the porch and balcony
Meanwhile, Hindu temples all over Malaysia are lavishly decorated with flowers while offerings of fruit and coconut milk are placed at altars by devotees. Some also prepare for this festival by going on a fast or vegetarian diet.
On the morning of Deepavali, many Hindus take an oil bath before heading to the temples for prayers and ceremonial rites. For the rest of the day, they usually open their houses to guests, friends, and neighbors to feast on delicious Indian food such as sweetmeats, rice puddings, and murukku, a type of fried flour cookie.
Where to go in Kuala Lumpur on the day of the festival?
Hindu temples such as Sri Kondaswamy Kovil Hindu Temple and Sri Mahamariamman Temple make for excellent photo opportunities. Just make sure to dress appropriately (no shorts and sleeveless tops) and head there in the morning as that’s when Hindus conduct prayers and ceremonial rites.
Major shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur such as Pavilion KL, The Gardens Mall, and Suria KLCC are also decorated with an array of colorful lights and Deepavali decorations.
A unique display you’ll find at the entrance of these shopping venues is kolam, an intricate floor design that’s made with colored rice and powder. Usually created several weeks before Deepavali, designs are typical of flowers and animals such as peacocks and elephants.
Worship of Goddess Maha Lakshmi (The Goddess of wealth and prosperity) is the main attraction or focus of Diwali, Participation of the whole family in Religious practices has been a custom in Guyana.
Before lighting the first diya or lamp everyone in Guyanese household gather around Lakshmi Sculpture or murti to pray for the well-being and the prosperity of their family, Ladies start decorations by making rangolis and start preparing the traditional sweets and mouthwatering delicacies.
Temples were Decorated and cleaned thoroughly a day prior to the festival and special provisions were made for the visitors so that they can enjoy the holy festival of lights and pray for the prosperity of their family.
The Guyana Hindu Dharmic SabhaÕs Countrywide Motorcades have become synonymous with the celebration of Diwali in Guyana.
Thousands of Guyanese of every stratum of society and cultural belief throng the roads to witness the processions of beautifully decorated and illuminated vehicles depicting the theme of Diwali.
In the olden days, it wasn’t unusual to see horse-drawn carts gaily bedecked for the motorcade. With the advent of advanced technology, vehicles ranging from low-bed trucks to sleek cars are carefully designed with sophisticated lights and mobile parts. The Dharmic Sabha’s motorcades are major tourist attractions.
Diwali is considered as a major cultural festival in Singapore and is celebrated to mark the triumph of good over evil.
Thousands of Hindu families and local folks in the city transform their houses into the beacon of light, exchange gifts and perform prayers to the deities such as Hindu Goddess Lakshmi( the goddess of wealth and prosperity).
Before the day of the festival, Hindu families throng Little India to gear up at the district’s many bazaars and snap photos of the stunning street light-up. The monumental installations, Instagram-worthy decorations, and bright festive lights will stand in the neighborhood for about a month after Deepavali, so there’s plenty of time to celebrate with the locals.
Places to visit:
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
This Hindu temple, dedicated to the goddess Kali, was built in 1855 and fascinates visitors with its high tower, bell-covered doors and ceilings festooned with statues of myriad deities.
Deepavali Festival Village
This bazaar bustles with stallholders who peddle everything from festive knick-knacks to seasonal snacks like ‘murukku’ (savory twists) and ‘athirasam’ (sweet doughnuts).
So if you wanna enjoy and savor the taste of this amazing festival of lights and become a part of it, you have plenty of choices to travel to. Although these countries have varied diversity and cultures, the soul of the festival always remains the same.