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iXiGOers Oct 22 2013

Which are the best places to celebrate Diwali around the world?

Mercy Jacob Oct 22 2013
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India is the best place for enjoying Diwali celebrations. The cultural diversity of the country is especially highlighted during this time, with various regions celebrating Diwali in their own special way. Moreover, this festival is also celebrated with a huge fanfare in many other parts of the world that have a significant Indian population. Here's a list of the best places to enjoy the "Festival of Lights".


, the pink city is lit up with thousands of earthen lamps. The highlights are the market places which are full of make-shift stalls selling diyas shaped in the form of various animals, birds, and cherished deities; crackers, sweets, rangoli colours, etc. The bazaars in Jaipur are resplendent with spectacular decorations. Moreover, there is a friendly competition amongst these markets for winning the "Best Decorated Market" award. One of the best markets worth visiting is the Johari Bazar.

Streets of Jaipur during Diwali (Marc Shandro)

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Nearly 50 odd Varanasi Ghats with steps leading to holy Ganges River are illuminated by the light of thousands of earth lamps with a constant stream of fireworks going all night long. Also, the already enchanting ritual of the evening Ganga Aarti seems even more breathtaking. The festival of Dev Dipawali (Festival of Lights for the Gods) is celebrated 15 days after Diwali. All the presiding deities are believed to descent to earth to bathe in the ganges. The waters of the ganges are lit up with floating lamp offerings. Together with the decorated ghats, Varanasi is a sight to see during this time. Make sure you stay at one of the riverside hotels in Varanasi for the best experience.

Ganga Arti during Diwali (by FlickreviewR)


When it comes to Diwali celebrations, the capital is never far behind. Diwali preparations start right after Dussehra and Delhi wears its most festive look during this time. Decorated houses, lit-up roads, crowded shops with last minute shoppers hunting for Diwali sales and bonanzas, sudden intermittent boom of crackers -- the streets of Delhi seem to come alive with loads of frenzy and excitement. Dilli Haat organizes “Diwali Utsav” every year. Numerous Diwali Melas take place all across the major colonies, clubs, parks and malls. Here is a list of the famous Diwali Melas in Delhi. Chandni Chowk is another place to experience the festival in Delhi.

Photo of Delhi Markets during Diwali (by Os Rúpias)

Amritsar, Punjab

The beautiful Golden Temple has an additional reason to celebrate Diwali each year. This festival also marks the foundation day of the Golden Temple. Also, this is the day when the Sikh Guru Hargobind Sahib returned from prison in 1619. The entire city of Amritsar dazzles with lights. The entire temple complex is lit with oil lamps, candles and lights. Crowds gather around the temple premises to enjoy the ritualistic display of fireworks known as aatishbazi.

Photo of Golden Temple, Amritsar (from official Facebook Page)

Kolkata, West Bengal

Kolkata has its own special way of celebrating Diwali. Kali, instead of Laxmi, is worshipped on this day. A day prior to the puja, the ritual of Choddo Baati (14 lights) is followed, where 14 lamps are lit outside each household to ward off evil spirits and bad luck. The number 14 is chosen to signify the number of years Lord Rama spent in exile. The next day, Kali Puja is celebrated with a huge fanfare. The streets, households and work places are decorated with earthen lamps and festoon lights. The sky is lit up with a fascinating array of fireworks and the spirit of festivity remains high.

Kali Puja in Kolkata (by Piyal Kundu)

Purushwadi, Maharashtra

If you are not very fond of the street fairs and loud fire crackers, then head to Purushwadi for a quiet Diwali celebration. It is a small village located on a hill along the Mumbai-Nashik highway and is the favorite destination for families in the mood to celebrate a quiet Diwali away from the hustle bustle of the city. Families in this village make paper lanterns, light bonfires and feast on the local food, while children run door to door, singing traditional songs and hymns and asking for oil to be poured into their burning diyas.

Dhanteras lighting in Mumbai (by Ramnath Bhat)

Tamil Nadu

Diwali commemorated the death of the demon Narakasura in the hands of Lord Krishna. This is celebrated with lots of sparklers, lights and firecrackers. Diwali, according to the local calendar, falls 14 days prior to the new moon. The day usually begins with an early morning oil bath, adorning new clothes. followed by bursting firecrackers.

A diwali rangoli (by Subharnab Majumdar)


For those of you, away from their home country, Trafalgar Square, the heart of London is your destination to celebrate this Diwali. London hosts a Diwali celebration that attracts thousands of people to central London. The packed line-up of free entertainment includes the best contemporary music and dance from community groups and professional artists. Liven up your taste buds as you visit stalls selling delicious food and drinks.

Diwali celebrations in London (by David Dixon)


Diwali is a gazetted holiday in Singapore. observed primarily by the minority Indian community (Tamils). Little India is the place to be, if you wish to experience Diwali in Singapore. You will come across lit up bazaars, exhibitions and parades, along with many cultural events.

Diwali decorations at Little India (by Lisa.davis)

This list is only a small representation of the best places for Diwali celebrations around the world. Let us know if you'd like to know more about how the world celebrates Diwali.

IRCTC has announced a number of Diwali Special Trains to clear up the rush during the festival. For more details, please visit the IRCTC website.

We wish you a very safe and happy Diwali!

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