Diwali, The festival of lights is a celebration that marks the victory of good over evil and light over dark. Celeberated by hindus all over the world, festivities include lightning diyas, exchanging sweets and gifts, wearing new clothes, greeting friends and family etc. This festival is not only celebrated in India, but across the world with great enthusiasm.
Let us take a look at how Diwali is celebrated across the world-
In the US, most cities have a substantial number of Indians and a sizeable Indian community. Diwali is celebrated with much enthusiasm and gratitude. Temples across cities usually host customary prayers followed by a vegetarian communal dinner. Like elsewhere, friends and family visit each other’s homes and exchange gifts and sweets as a part of Diwali celebrations.
With a significant amount of Indians in Australian cities like Sydney and Melbourne, the largest celebration takes place at federation square in Melbourne. It has grown to become the largest celebration in Australia. a grand display of fireworks is held with live entertainment like traditional dances of India. Diwali is enjoyed by one and all.
This national holiday can be enjoyed by taking in views of the beautifully decorated houses and the city’s ‘little india’ can be assessed by taking a walk through the bazaars, exhibitions and rangoli art during Diwali. decorative lights add to the charm. Tekka Market in Little India is one famous place to shop for new clothes for the festivities.
The Indonesian island of bali celebrates Diwali with people shopping for crackers, clothes and sweets. Rituals similar to those in India are performed. The festival of Galungan is also celebrated which signifies the time when the ancestral spirits visit the Earth.
Home to at least one million Indian immigrants, most of the Indian festivals including Diwali are celebrated here. Celebrated over two days, clay lamps are lit; people wear their best clothes and socialise with loved ones. Sweets and gifts are exchanged with communities hosting Diwali nights and communal dinner.