Diwali Celebrations : 5 Countries around the world that celebrates Diwali

Diwali Celebrations : 5 Countries around the world that celebrates Diwali

5 Countries around the world that celebrates Diwali in a style:

Diwali or Deepavali is one of the prime festivals for Hindus that unites whole India. Diwali, popularly known as the festival of lights, is the biggest festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists not only in India but all around the world. Diwali is the brightest festival in the Indian Calendar. Diwali is traditionally believed to be a Hindu festival of Wealth and Prosperity. It is one of the biggest events in Indian calendar. The colourful India becomes more Colourful during Diwali.

When is Diwali Celebrated?

The date when Diwali falls on changes every year. But based on Hindu lunar calendar it falls in the autumn i.e between mid-October and mid-November. The festivities take place over five days, with the festival itself falling on the third day. In 2018, Diwali is celebrating on Wednesday, 7th November.
Other than India there are many countries around the world that celebrates Diwali. Following are the 5 counties that celebrate Diwali in a style.
In Singapore Diwali is known as Deepavali. It is a public holiday in Singapore for this colourful day. There is a significant of Hindu population Singapore. Like any city in India, in Singapore the streets are transformed and decorated with colourful flowers and lightings. People are dressed in their fineries as prayers are held to thank the divine. Singapore is celebrating Deepavali on 6th November 2019.
In Indonesia, majority of population follows Islam. Hindus constitutes about 2% of Indonesia’s total population. Bali, an Indonesian island is famous for celebrating Diwali as the majority of population here are Hindus. It is one of the most respected festivals here. The celebration and rituals of this festival is almost similar to that people celebrates in India.
Mauritius is a beautiful island in Indian Ocean. Mauritius has large number of Hindus, about 80% of the people here follow Hinduism. So celebration of all Hindu festivals by people is very common phenomenon here. The festivities for Diwali spans around a week and this day is a declared public holiday on this multi-cultural island. People here believe that Diwali is celebrating as a age old tradition and even long before from Lord Rama return from 14 years exile. Like in India Lakshmi is worshipped as the goddess of wealth and fireworks are lighten to scare away evil spirits.
Islam is the official religion of Malaysia and it is a very multi-religious society. Diwali is a public holiday here in Malaysia. Like Singapore, many Indians live in the capital city Kuala Lumpur and it is where all the celebrations are happen at outside of the homes of Hindus. Friends and family get together will happen to pray and offer gratitude for the blessings. In Kuala Lumpur, in celebration of Diwali, many Indian restaurants offer special menus featuring traditional Indian food, snacks and sweets.
In Nepal Deepavali festival is called as Tihar. It is a 5 day festival in Nepal. This festival timing is based on the new moon day of the Karthika which is a Hindu month, but extends to five days which are two days before and after that full moon day. Deepavali is called as “the Festival of Lights”. Every Hindu home in Nepal filled clay lanterns (“diyas”) that are lit and stacked around the houses every night.
We wish you Happy and colourful Diwali!!

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