Diwali is synonymous with celebrations. Be it the visual treat of diyas all around or catching up with long-lost friends and relatives, the festivals of lights is the highlight of the year for most of us. It’s the reminiscence of traditions; reminiscence of our childhood. During Diwali, lights sparkle the streets, the aroma of our favourite dish fill up our homes, and festivities go on till wee hours of the morning.
Celebrating Diwali with our family doubles up the joy and mirth of the festival. Most of us go on long vacations with our family and friends during this time. If you are planning an international trip around Diwali but don’t want to miss out on the festivities, we have got you covered! Here is a list of amazing international destinations where Diwali is celebrated with all pomp and show:
Owing to its significant Hindu population, Diwali day, is a declared public holiday in Singapore. The fervour is no less than any other city in India. The streets are lit with lights and decorated with colourful flowers. Storefronts are also decorated in hues of red and gold and the aroma of Indian desserts fill the streets. Singapore is an amazing destination for the entire family. When in Singapore, do visit Sentosa Island, Clarke Quay, and Singapore Zoo.
Mauritius is a multi-cultural island, and it has a large number of Hindus who celebrate the festival of lights with grandeur. The celebrations span almost a week and Diwali day is a declared public holiday. The magical white sandy beaches become even more magnificent as fireworks add to the spirit of it all! While in Mauritius, don’t forget to go for surfing and scuba diving to experience the colourful marine life on this island.
Malaysia is also a multi-religious society, and here, all festivals and all cultures are celebrated. Diwali Day is a public holiday here, and the Little India area in capital city Kuala Lumpur, is where celebrations are witnessed. During Diwali, many Indian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur offer special menus featuring traditional Indian snacks and sweets. While in Malaysia, you can also visit the breathtaking beaches of Langkawi or the historical districts in Penang.
Though Indonesia has barely a few thousand Hindus, Diwali, here is celebrated with much fervour. The celebrations are the loudest at the magical island of Bali. The spectacle of feast, crackers, and floating lanterns, is a sight to behold.
Australia has a large Indian population in Sydney and Melbourne, and you could see Diwali celebrated within several pockets of the cities. Do visit Federation Square in Melbourne to enjoy the grand display of fireworks, live entertainment like traditional dances of India and art and cultural shows. When in Australia, do visit the Great Barrier Reef, the tropical rain forests and amazing beaches.
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