Diwali, being the most celebrated festival in India, is thankfully not just limited within the Indian borders. The celebrities of the festival reach every nook and corner of the world, thanks to the presence of the Indian diaspora who water the Indian culture on the foreign land.
With that being said, here is a list of 9 countries, other than India, that celebrate Diwali with the same joy as in India.
Of course, a huge Indian population that resides in the USA makes Diwali one of the most celebrated festivals in the USA and the country every year decks up to make it a memorable one for anyone who wishes to celebrate the same.
2. United Kingdom
The United Kingdom is yet another country that celebrates diversity and thus allows every religion to flourish in its land. And having said that, look how beautifully it celebrates Diwali.
The best foreign land to celebrate Diwali would invariably be Singapore’s Little India Street. The street, with Indian population in large numbers, brims with Diwali festivities every year and this year is no different.
The percentage of Hindus in Nepal’s population is actually higher when compared with India. And after Nepal’s PM Oli’s recent baseless claim that Lord Shri Ram was born in Nepal, it’s quite evident how fondly Nepal cherish Lord Ram and thus Diwali. Btw, Diwali in Nepal is called Tihar, and people during the festival not only worship God but also animals.
5. Sri Lanka
Lord Ram and the King of Lanka, Ravana, share a long celebrated history so obviously, Sri Lanka celebrates the festival.
Diwali in Malaysia is called Hari Diwali and the rituals too are a tad bit different from India. The Diwali day in Malaysia starts with people bathing in oil and then offering their prayers at various temples.
The ‘mini Punjab’ of the world not celebrating Diwali would be some bad news. But thankfully, the country does and it’s very ‘Indian’ to watch.
Diwali in Thailand goes by the name Loi Krathong. It means ‘to float a basket’ and is celebrated on the full moon day of the 12th month according to the Thai calendar.
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has a very beautiful message for anyone and everyone celebrating the festival of lights.
Happy Diwali peeps!! May you enjoy this festival with a lot of love, laughter, light, music and food.