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Celebrate Diwali

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Countries that Celebrate Diwali 2024

Diwali, the festival of lights, is an important religious festival in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, celebrated with various customs worldwide:

  1. General Overview: Diwali occurs annually between October and November, marked by fireworks, rangoli art, and clay lamps. It has been celebrated in India for 2,000 years.
  2. India: Held on no-moon nights, the date changes yearly. Celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs.
  1. Nepal: Known as Tihar, Diwali is celebrated over five days around the New Moon in the month of Kartik.
  2. Sri Lanka: Celebrated as Deepavali over five days, particularly by the Tamil population, and is a public holiday.
  3. Myanmar: Observance according to the Hindu solar calendar, with schools and businesses closed.
  1. Mauritius: Home to the third-largest Hindu population globally, the festival involves cleaning homes to welcome deities.
  2. Guyana: Diwali marks the new year and is a national holiday. Celebrations include family prayers and lighting clay lamps.
  3. Trinidad and Tobago: Introduced by East Indian laborers in the mid-1800s, Diwali involves family gatherings and friend reunions.
  1. Suriname: Celebrated with office and business events, and acts of charity.
  2. Malaysia: Recognized as a national holiday, except in Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan.
  3. Singapore: Became a public holiday in 1929, brought by early Indian migrants.
  1. Fiji: Around 40% of the population is of Indian descent, celebrating Diwali, with participation from non-Indian Fijians as well.

Diwali's global observance showcases the rich cultural tapestry and the shared traditions of lighting, family, and renewal across these diverse regions.

  • As Diwali is a cultural and religious holiday rather than a geographical one, it is likely celebrated at a local or personal level in additional countries all over the world.

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