How Indians Experience Diwali from Local to Global
Published on 10.01.2024
Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is one of the most significant and widely celebrated Hindu festivals observed over five days, with each day holding its significance and customs. While the specific rituals and traditions may vary across different regions and communities lighting oil lamps, bursting fireworks, and sharing sweets are common practices during Diwali.
The festival has gained popularity and recognition in various parts of the globe, particularly in regions with a significant Indian or Hindu diaspora. Several other countries like Nepal, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Singapore, & Malaysia celebrate Diwali like India. Although the local customs might differ from one country to another, the essence of the festival celebrating light, victory, and the triumph of good over evil remains consistent. If you are planning to travel to any of these countries this Diwali season, you will be amazed to witness extravagant festivities almost as elaborate as India!
What to Plan & Pack for your International Travels this Diwali and Holiday Season:
Plan your Travel Itinerary:
Check if the country/city you are planning to visit has a public holiday for Diwali and make your travel itinerary accordingly. Based on your preferences, include local sightseeing, shopping, and adventure activities.
Pack a Festive Outfit:
This Diwali, buy ethnic outfits from your favorite designer labels or shop from small local businesses to support them and enjoy slow-made clothing.
Customs of Gift Exchange:
Diwali is a time when families come together and engage in exchanging gifts, sharing meals, and celebrating with sweets. If you are visiting relatives or friends, plan ahead and buy them something they would like or get them sweet treats.