Diwali is a festival synonymous with celebrations in India and among Indians all over the world, is an occasion for jubilation and togetherness. Diwali is India’s biggest festival and is celebrated with great enthusiasm around the country. But do you know there are other countries that celebrate Diwali just like we do in India!
These countries celebrate the festival with almost as much enthusiasm as India. Here are some countries which celebrate Diwali with as much fanfare as we Indians do with a little difference in celebrations.
So, If you are planning an international trip around Diwali then don’t miss out on the festivities because we have got you covered!
8 Countries Celebrate Diwali Just Like We In India Do!
In Fiji, Diwali is celebrated with a lot of pomp and glory here. It is a public holiday, and people engage in exchanging gifts and organising parties on a large scale. Schools and colleges remain closed.
Diwali is an official public holiday in Mauritius. People pray to Lord Rama, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha for prosperity, good life and health. People prepare sweets at home and distribute them to friends and family.
Diwali in Indonesia is a big deal. Almost all the rituals performed on Diwali in India are followed in Indonesia too, and it’s a treat to witness.
Australia celebrates Diwali publicly among the people of Indian origin and the local Australians in Brisbane and Melbourne. Federation Square hosts Diwali fairs with live music and traditional dances of India, art and crafts as well as offering a variety of Indian cuisines. Spectacular fireworks are displayed on the Yarra River. In Brisbane, annual Diwali celebrations are held in the city’s Chinatown.
Diwali is known as Tihar in Nepal and is celebrated with much enthusiasm here. Since Nepal shares its border with India, the excitement is somehow bound to transfer across boundaries, we guess.
The festivities include the same – decorating the houses, exchanging gifts and offering prayers to Goddess lakshmi. Diwali is the second biggest festival in Nepal after Dashain.
In Trinidad and Tobago communities all over the islands come together to celebrate Diwali. Stage performances, skits depicting Hindu culture and the mythology related to the festival are performed. Delectable Indian foods are prepared and diyas and lamps are lighted.
Diwali is a gazette public holiday in Singapore and is celebrated amongst the minority Indian community. Bazaars, exhibitions and fairs are organized on the occasion of Diwali.
Sri Lanka has a huge Hindu population, and thus Diwali is celebrated here with much fanfare too. Its proximity to India and the role it plays in the origin of the festival of Diwali is another reason why it is celebrated with so much excitement here.
Canada is unofficially called ‘Mini Punjab’ because of the large number of Punjabis who are settled there. So much so, that Punjabi is the third official language in the Canadian parliament. This is the reason why Diwali is a big deal here!
Reference- indiatoday.in, india.com, research
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