Diwali, the Festival of Lights, will be celebrated on 30th October this year and it’s time for you to make plans and have an enjoyable time with family and friends. The festival is celebrated across a number of destinations.
Visiting these places during Diwali allows you to experience the enthusiasm of the locals and have a fun-filled time. Here, check out a handful of such places.
Also called ‘Pink City’, Jaipur is world famous for its amazing commemoration of the festival. The entire city sparkles with lights and colours. Ancient palaces, forts, and other historical monuments illuminate with utmost beauty. It’s common to see locals inviting tourists to their household celebrations. Quite interestingly, there’s a nail-biting competition for the best adorned and most radiantly lit-up market every year!
Varanasi is believed to be one of the holiest cities in India. On this day, all ghats light up with diyas and candles! The special Ganga Aarti, watched by thousands of onlookers, wins the heart of tourists and locals alike. The Sanskrit hymns tranquillize one’s inner soul and it’s believed that the holy river waters here cleanse one’s sins. At night, people can admire the jaw-dropping firecrackers and fireworks from their hotel room’s window.
In Kolkata, the Goddess Kali is worshipped by following pious rituals. Hibiscus flowers, sweets, rice, and lentils are offered to the deity. Several bazaars and exhibitions are set up to entice individuals further. They sell ethnic handicrafts and home decor items. The city is gorgeously lit with lamps, bulbs, and candles, while the aromatic fragrance of flowers and incense sticks add more significance to the place.
Amritsar, home to the iconic Golden Temple, transforms into a paradise during Diwali. The Sikhs commemorate Diwali because this was the time when the sixth Sikh guru ‘Guru Hargobind Sahib’ returned from Mughal captivity. To be precise, the year was 1619. Like always, the Golden Temple looks stunning. Thousands of lamps are lined along the edge of the nearby lake that makes this monument shine brighter.
Diwali begins on the day of Naraka Chaturdashi in Goa. Multi-coloured effigies of Narkasura are burnt, symbolising the destruction of the demon by Lord Krishna. Contests are held to judge whose effigy is the tallest and the scariest. People decorate their front doors and windows with candles. Typical of the Goan spirit, there is a lot of dancing, gift-giving, and parties.