Diwali Celebrations by NRI’s

Monday, October 12, 2020

The festival of Diwali or the festival of lights is a very unique and prevailing customary festival in India which marks the nirvana, or spiritual awakening of Lord Mahavira on October 15. This joyous festival is celebrated by millions across the world and especially by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and almost by all the communities by lighting lamps or diyas and bursting firecrackers.

As millions of Indians are spread all over the globe they too carry the tradition of celebrating Diwali as one of the holy occasions. Regardless of any religion, Hindu’s, Muslim’s or Christian’s they come together to mark this occasion, have fun and be with their loved ones.

Although people living abroad do not get to enjoy the real celebration and have the intense fun, they make do with all the fire crackers and other accessories they get from the surrounding stores. As thousands of Indians stay in community apartments, the festive season can be very well seen right from the exterior lighting decorations they do on their balconies and rangolis on their doorsteps. This very gesture itself makes one feel liberated and fills their hearts with joy of the upcoming colorful days. Actual ‘Diwali’ celebration day slightly varies for the North Indian families as well as for the South Indian families. During these days the ladies fast for the whole day and perform series of Poojas like Auyudha Pooja, Lakshmi Pooja, etc. They pray to Goddess Lakshmi for good health and wealth and to keep them and their families away from all the bad and evil eyes.

Even if there is one single Indian family around, the festive feeling is injected in all the surrounding houses or flats. This one family prepares delicious sweets and distributes them to their neighbors in the building with which they awaken the Diwali spirits from deep down inside them.

The ladies and young girls who go around distributing sweets, wear traditional Indian attires and greet all a very Happy Diwali. At dusk they gather in a distant open area along with their near and dear ones to enjoy the crackers. When the real celebration starts, the children run down to the playground with their hands filled with all the colorful crackers and start bursting them with much enthusiasm. While the kids have the smaller crackers, the teens and adults amaze everyone with the dangerous and huge ones. Some of them click pictures of their kids enjoying the Feast of Lights and having fun. The children keep playing and bursting till they run out of crackers. When everyone starts thinking of food, that’s when the Aunt’s start coming with a tray in their hands that are filled with sweets and snacks.

Celebration of Diwali abroad by NRI’s is of course a limited version, because they are bound by the law of the land and the safety rules. Sometimes in excitement people break the rules and the crackers may cause small accidents or unfortunate incidents. So to avoid any hazardous situation, the celebrations are limited to a timeframe unlike in India where the festive mood continues past midnight.

Although the celebrations are not really the way Diwali is truly celebrated back in India but each and every moment of its commemoration becomes truly beautiful and memorable. The same lamp is lit and the same crackers are blown, but the most important thing: Everyone is happy and together where there is no evil.

Hope you all have a joyous occasion of Diwali in spite of the ongoing crisis in the world. Wishing you and your family a very HAPPY DIWALI!






Astrel Jeslin Dsouza, IX-A, FAIPS-DPS



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Astrel Jeslin Dsouza, IX-A, FAIPS-DPS
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