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Everything you need to know about… Diwali
Everything you need to know about… Diwali

There is something special about Diwali, the Indian festival of light. Celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, the festivities are unreservedly bright and beautiful. Diwali is not just one day of celebration either - it lasts for five days, with the main day of celebration falling directly in the middle of the festivities. This year it happens on the 11th November.

Although the origins, legacies and spiritual meaning of the festival are very varied, there is one universal factor that Diwali celebrates - the triumph of light over darkness, of good over evil.

Diwali celebrations

When Diwali comes around each year, it is well and truly celebrated! Food takes centre stage in the home, where plenty of delicious snacks and treats are prepared. Diwali sees traditional family food served up alongside many types of sweets. Expect to see lots of lapsi - a spiced wheat mix that is fried with ghee and sugar, as well as the savoury chakli - a crispy spiral created from rice flour.

Along with feasting, Diwali comes hand-in-hand with fireworks - and lots of them! Ornate ceramics are often brought out and filled with candles, and decorative patterns are created on the floor from coloured powder and rice.

New clothes are worn, and gifts are exchanged - in short, the brighter and the more colourful your decorations and outlook, the better! All these factors are designed to keep the focus on light conquering evil, and we are sure you will agree, it seems difficult to not be cheerful amongst all the beautiful and bright colours of the Diwali celebrations.

Join the festival of light

One of the most-loved things about Diwali is how inclusive the festivities feel. While it is certainly a Hindu festival, the general consensus seems to be the more the merrier - but where in the world can you head to enjoy the spectacular Diwali celebrations?

India is, without a doubt, home to some of the most incredible celebrations in the world. From Jaipur's glowing markets to fireworks over the Ganges and street parties in Delhi, the already colourful India gets even brighter these five days.

As for the rest of the world, the UK, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Africa are all have large Indian populations, and as such, are home to some equally elaborate Diwali festivities!

Considering celebrating Diwali in style? You can expect a warm, bright welcome from Kempinski Hotels Jakarta - as well as guidance on where to head to find the local Diwali celebrations.

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