Diwali across the world is also celebrated with fun and frolic. Outside India mainly in Guyana, Fiji, Malaysia, Nepal, Mauritius, Myanmar, Singapore, Srilanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Britain, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Africa, and Australia the Hindus celebrate Diwali. Places as far as Southern America have record of celebrating Diwali. Here is a picture of Diwali celebration around the world.
Worldwide Diwali Celebration
Diwali is known as 'Tihar' in Nepal. Lakshmi and Ganesha are
worshipped here. On the 1st day, the cows are revered as Goddess
Lakshmi and are fed with cooked rice. On the 2nd day, dogs are
revered as the carrier of Bhairava and are fed with delicious food,
especially prepared for them. On the 3rd day, houses are illuminated
and decorated with lights and lamps and delicacies are prepared and
fireworks and crackers are the favorites of the day. On the 4th day,
prayers and offerings are made to Yama, the Hindu God of Death, to
please him and be blessed by him with long life. On the 5th and the
last day, Bhaiya Dooj is celebrated in which sisters pray for long
life and prosperity of their brothers.
Malaysia has about 8% Hindu population who celebrate Hari Diwali
that symbolizes triumph of good over evil. This festival is
celebrated during the 7th month of the Hindu solar calendar.
Malaysian people start off with the traditional oil bath of South
India and then visit the temples and pray. Small earthen lamps with
coconut oil are lit to commemorate the victory of Lord Rama over the
demon-king Ravana. Diwali is celebrated in most parts of
except in the regions of Sarawak and Federal Territory of Labuan.
Diwali celebrations in Mauritius
Mauritius accounts a 63% of Indian majority of which 80% follow
Hinduism. In Mauritius, Diwali celebration is an age-old tradition.
It holds special significance for the natives, who believe that
Diwali has been celebrated even long before the return of Lord Rama
from 14 years of exile and his coronation as the king. The festival
is marked by lightening of earthen lamps in rows making images out
of the rows. Lakshmi is worshipped as the goddess of wealth and
crackers are burnt to scare away evil spirits.
Diwali celebrations in Guyana
The Co-operative Republic of Guyana in Southern America celebrates
Diwali according to the Hindu Solar calendar. The day of the
festival is declared as a national holiday in the official calendar
of Guyana. Sweets such as peras, barfi, and kheer are distributed.
The tradition of wearing new cloth for the people of Guyana is
significant especially in this festival. They believe that wearing
new cloth is the symbol of healthy souls in healthy bodies. Cleaning
of their homes and keeping them well illuminated in and outside is a
practice meant to illuminate the road for Goddess Lakshmi so that
while goddess Lakshmi visits their home she faces no problem of
light as the diwali night is regarded as the darkest night of the
The celebration and rituals of Diwali are almost same in different places of India.