8 nations that celebrate Diwali with as much fanfare as India does!

The festival of lights is surely a grand celebration in India. But it is not limited to within India’s borders only. Apart from having a huge Indian population in the U.S and U.K., there are eight other nations who are also a part of this huge fanfare. Each of them come with their own unique ways to celebrate and these aren’t just a visual treat, but will also leave every Indian feeling proud.  

1. Indonesia

The Indonesian island of Bali surely has a way to make Diwali celebrations a huge fanfare. Just like people in India, the celebrations start off with shopping for crackers, sweets, and new clothes. Adding to all this, they also lay out floating lanterns that are a visual treat.

2. Malaysia

Diwali is celebrated in most parts of Malaysia. Also commonly known as ‘Hari Diwali‘ the celebrations involve the traditional ritual of bathing in oil before dawn. Other than just being a spectacular sight of lights, the nation also observes it as a public holiday. Houses and streets fill up the absence of fireworks by being beautifully lit up with candles and diyas.

3. Fiji

This island also welcomes Diwali with great enthusiasm. Schools and universities host parties and people buy new clothes, exchange sweets and gifts with near and dear ones. People also illuminate their hearts and houses with light and hope.

4. Nepal

Here Diwali is a five-day celebration, and each day holds its own significance. It starts off with feeding the cows on the first day, followed by honouring dogs who are specially fed tasty meals. The third-day lanterns and lamps are lit up in order to signify the victory of good over bad. The fourth day is dedicated to the lord of death, while the fifth celebrates the bond between siblings.

 5. Guyana

This country in South America, also adds its fun fare to the festival of lights. Here the celebrations, date back to the 1980s. People share sweets with near and dear ones. The significance of sharing sweets marks the victory of good over bad.

6. Sri Lanka


One of the most popular festivals in Sri Lanka, Diwali is known as Deepawali here. Associated with the epic, Ramayana this nation has a five-day celebration. Fireworks, diyas, savouries, and rituals form a major part of the celebration.

7.  Thailand

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Thailand surely has its own spectacular way to celebrate Diwali. Here the festival comes under the name of ‘Loi Krathong’ which basically means ‘to float a basket.’ According, to the Thai calendar on the full moon day of the twelfth month, this day is observed. A dazzling display of fireworks, hot air balloons made of rice paper and lamps made of banana leaves and candles form an integral part of the celebration. Boats and cultural performance add an element of entertainment to the festival.

8. Mauritius

Just like the celebrations in India, Mauritius has earthen lamps lit in households and rangolis drawn. Other than it being a public holiday, the island celebrates the victory of good over evil.