Diwali is celebrated in almost all the regions of India. Apart from India, the festival is celebrated worldwide. It has become synonymous with the culture and celebrations of India. People in different parts of the world celebrate Diwali with zeal and enthusiasm. They consider the festival as the one that signifies the victory of good over the evil. It is believed that the evil spirits are destroyed into ashes by the fireworks. On the occasion, there are jubilations and feasts all around. The Hindus in Guyana, Fiji, Mauritius, Myanmar, Malaysia, Nepal, Japan, Thailand, Srilanka, Trinidad and Tobago as well as Britain, Indonesia, Singapore, Africa, Australia and even Southern America are known to celebrate Diwali. In the following lines, we have given information on worldwide Deepavali celebrations.
Diwali Celebrations Around The World
Diwali In India
Diwali is a five-day extravaganza in India. Diwali celebrations in
India is marked by multi-colored display of Rangoli designs at the
entranceway of residents, special pooja ceremonies, lines of colorful
and sparkling lights and earthen lamps (diyas), exchange of sweets and
gifts, fireworks and lots of shopping. Every home in the country shines
with the glow of the dazzling lights and candles that are lit to welcome
Goddess Lakshmi on Diwali.
Diwali In UK
In Britain, people indulge themselves in spring-cleaning their home.
They wear new clothes and decorate their homes with fancy lights. The
British city of Leicester is notable for the Diwali extravaganza. The
official switch-on ceremony is the highlight of Diwali celebrations in
Leicester. Thousands of people witness the ceremony.
Diwali In USA
Diwali celebrations in USA are akin to that witnessed in India. In USA,
houses are decorated with earthen lamps. Spectacular display of
sparkling electronic lights is the highlight of the celebrations.
Colorful rangoli are also displayed. People in USA gather in the
evenings, at a community hall nearby, where cultural events are
organized. Fire crackers are burst and Diwali sweets and snacks are
distributed among the family and friends.
Diwali In Australia
Diwali in Australia is marked by magnificent display of fireworks. The
population of Australia, with Indian origin, celebrates the festival
with much pomp and gaiety. Indians living in Australia use the
opportunity to showcase their unity in diversity and the rich cultural
heritage of India. They illuminate their homes with colorful lights and
Diwali In Mauritius
About 63% population in Mauritius has Indian origins and 80% of them
are Hindus. Therefore, the celebration of Hindu festivals is a common
sight in Mauritius. Diwali is celebrated to commemorate the return of
Lord Rama, after 14 years of exile. Much like India, earthen lamps are
lit in rows, in Mauritius. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped and crackers
are burst to ward off the evil spirits
Diwali In Nepal
In Nepal, Diwali is known as 'Tihar' and celebrated for five days, in
October/November. On the first day, cows are worshipped and given
offerings. On the second day, dogs are revered and offered special food.
On the third day, Diwali celebrations in Nepal are similar to that in
India, with lights, lamps and social activities. On the fourth day Yama,
the Lord of Death, is worshipped and appeased. On the fifth and final
day, brothers and sisters meet and exchange gifts.
Diwali In Malaysia
Diwali is celebrated in most parts of Malaysia, except in the regions
of Sarawak and Federal Territory of Labuan. Nearly 8% of the population
of Malaysia comprises of Hindus, who celebrate 'Hari Diwali' that
symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. Malaysian people start their
Diwali celebrations with the traditional oil bath, visit the temples and
offer prayers. Small earthen lamps with coconut oil are lit to
commemorate the victory of Lord Rama over the demon-king Ravana.
Diwali In Indonesia
Although majority of the Indonesian population follows Islam - Hindus
constitute only 2% of the population - Diwali is celebrated with much
pomp and gaiety. The island of Bali is famous for Diwali celebrations,
as majority of the Indians are concentrated there. They celebrate the
festival by following rituals that are native to India. The celebrations
in the country are similar to that of India.
Diwali In Trinidad
Diwali celebrations in Trinidad are marked by the colorful display of
fireworks. Since 1966, the festival is celebrated for nine days and
culminated with a national holiday. Indian classical music performances,
Hindu devotional song renditions, dance shows are organized during the
festival. People clad themselves in ethnic Indian attire, to take part
in the merrymaking.
Diwali In Singapore
Serangoon Road in Singapore is famous for Diwali celebrations. This is
the place where maximum people of Indian origin reside. During Diwali,
the streets in Singapore are filled with families, who are busy shopping
for the festival. The archways are decorated with flowers and garlands.
Diyas are also lit. People visit Hindu temples in Singapore to offer
Diwali In Fiji
The people belonging to the Indo Fijian community decorate their homes
with flashing lights. Apart from Hindus in the island nation, non-Hindus
also take part in the festivities. Crackers are burst by children, who
take part in various extracurricular activities held in their schools.
Exchange of sweets and fireworks are part of the merrymaking. The diyas,
candles and electric lights are lit in the evening. The celebrations are
culminated by feasting.