Diwali is a festival of lights. It is the Hindu New Year. The word ‘Diwali’ originated from the Sanskrit word ‘Deepavali’. It means a row of lights. It is a joyous occasion and you could celebrate Diwali at some of the spectacular places mentioned below:
Kolkata, West Bengal– Kali Puja coincides with Diwali. The celebration of the goddess Kali (Hindu goddess) is associated with creative power. A day before the Puja, little candles, diyas and colourful electric bulbs light up the ‘city of joy’.
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh– This place wears a colourful look throughout this festival. The city is known as the ‘holy city of India’. Varanasi is illuminated with thousands of diyas (earthen lamps) on the day of Diwali giving it a mesmerizing and spectacular sight for whoever is present there.
Amritsar, Punjab– The Golden Temple is a spectacular sight when it is draped with lit diyas. The preparations for this festival begin weeks in advance. Every house is decorated with leaves, flowers and rangoli’s (an art form of colours and powder) at the entrance. Sweets are prepared to be shared with friends and families.
London– The festival of lights is not only celebrated in India but also by people of all religions and national backgrounds on the London streets, exchanging gifts and sweets. There are various venues that have Diwali events during this time. Trafalgar Square is one of them.
Singapore– It is one of foremost destination for Indians during Diwali. There are massive decorations on the streets and homes in little India of Singapore. Many events have been planned, keeping in mind the festive spirit.
Macau– Another destination that Indians prefer is Macau. Villas and resorts are decorated with Diwali lighting and there are fireworks too which the guests enjoy.
South Africa– It is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm. Prayers are offered and sweets are prepared. The festival spirit is the same as in India.