Happy Diwali! 5 Unexpected Places to Celebrate a Festival of Lights Around a World

Picture this: hordes of people dressed in new clothes, colourful colors and stimulating jewelry, all collected together to dance and sing by splendid streets, lonesome in splendid lights and perplexing floral decorations while a aroma of scent and a sound of live dhol (Indian palm drums) rush by a air.

For 5 stately days, this is how millions of people all opposite a creation applaud a fantastic holiday, Diwali.

Legend has it that Diwali (or Deepavali) was initial distinguished to symbol Lord Rama’s lapse to Ayodhya after spending 14 years in exile, destroying a immorality demon Ravana on his return. Lord Rama’s people welcomed him home by lighting diyas (small oil lamps) all over a city so that he would see them from a sky as he flew in.  As a result, Diwali is famous as a festival of lights and symbolizes a delight of good over evil, light over dim and believe over ignorance. Fast brazen to a few centuries after and currently people applaud by exchanging gifts, feasting on mithai (traditional sweets), party sharp-witted dance performances, igniting fireworks and adorning households with rangoli (intricate designs done with flower petals, belligerent marker and colored rice). The climax valuables of festivities, however, (from that a holiday perceived a namesake) is a lighting of diyas on a third day of a festival to commemorate Lord Rama’s lapse (just as a people of Ayodhya did). A time for thoughtfulness and jubilation, here’s a demeanour during some astonishing places around a universe where Diwali celebrations power supreme!

United Kingdom

Photos taken during a Diwali jubilee during Trafalgar Square

Image around Flickr CC – Garry Knight

South Asians are a second largest newcomer race in Great Britain.  People from all walks of life and opposite religions conclude and applaud this joyous occasion, indulging in intemperate feasts, selling and of march pretentious parades! Over a past decade inhabitant and county leaders (such as Prince Charles, whoa!) have attended Diwali festivals and today, Leicester hosts some of a largest Diwali celebrations outward of India.

Trinidad and Tobago

Image around Flickr CC – – anax44

In Trinidad and Tobago, Diwali is a village event, distinguished around all of a islands. A vital proponent that creates a Islands’ chronicle of Diwali distinct any other opposite a close, is a Diwali Nagar, or Village of a Festival of Lights, located in Chaguanas, Trinidad. Expect a night jampacked with entertainment, as a party lights adult with live dance and song performances, that are so grand that you’ll be wondering if we stepped into a Bollywood Movie.  The party is also graced with a folk party opening featuring skits and plays depicting Lord Ram’s story and many other scenes from Hindu epics. Thousands of people attend in a island-wide festivities and after a week of feasting, dancing, singing, sauce adult and lighting diyas, the celebrations are finished with fireworks, finale Diwali with a bang… literally!

Sri Lanka

Imagine all a sparkling festivities as mentioned above… and supplement on an island twist. That’s what Diwali is like in Sri Lanka. Diwali etiquette here are identical in many ways to a celebratory traditions of Tamil Nadu, a state in southern India. Indulge in Singhalese cuisine before locals chaperon in a festival of lights with colorful ceremonies and rituals achieved on a seaside after dark.


Known as Deepavali in Fiji, a festival is a widely distinguished event; so most so that it’s indeed a open holiday! Deepavali in Fiji is mostly regarded by visiting and newcomer Indians as being celebrated on a incomparable scale than in India! Activities and events start during slightest a week before a tangible day. A singular underline to Fijian Deepavali is a informative aspect of it; Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Muslims take partial in all of a Deepavali rituals and traditions and applaud a holiday with most passion as a time for pity with friends and family, regardless of their eremite associations and practices.


Image around Flickr CC – Diwali Fireworks, Melbourne – Chris Phutully

With a vast Indian race in Australia, cities like Sydney and Melbourne see large Diwali celebrations, that usually grow in both scale and arrangements with any flitting year! Most notably, Diwali during Federation Square in Melbourne has grown to turn a largest jubilee in Australia. From a pretentious arrangement of fireworks to nonstop live party finish with both exemplary Indian and Bollywood dances, it’s protected to contend that Diwali in Australia is a showy celebration!


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