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Everything You Need To Know About The Diwali Lights Festival

And find out where to take part in the festival of lights in Dubai this year

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1 November 2018

Last updated on 1 November 2018

A beautiful celebration filled with lights, colours and positive atmospheres

Taking place on November the 7th this year, Indians around the world join in unison in celebration the “Festival of Light,” otherwise known as Diwali.

And since there is a huge Indian population in Dubai, the country is gearing towards Diwali celebrations on November 7 this year that will enchant the city.

What is Diwali?

India’s ‘Festival of Light’ is a celebration dedicated to people coming together to celebrate a good cause – the day is dedicated to celebrating the good conquering the evil.

For a duration that can last upto five days each year, Diwali is celebrated by turning on lots of lights around the household because the light (good) conquers the dark (evil).

Celebrating the light festival coincides with another Hindu celebration – the Hindu New Year – which makes the start of a successful business year.

Indians around the world engage in the light festival and sending prayers to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and Ganesh, the god of wisdom and luck.

All these wonderful celebrations are dedicated to celebrating the good and to keep the evil away every year.


How do Hindus celebrate Diwali?

The word Diwali, when translated, means rows of lighted lamps – and this is just what the festival is all about.

Diwali partakers light up several lamps around their households to fend off the evil spirits - therefore, it is very concentrated towards bright lights in all forms; from lamps to fireworks.

People celebrating Diwali also tend to decorate their homes with colourful lighting and candles called ‘diyas.’

And during the festival of lights, Hindus also tend to keep a window open to allow the goddess Lakshmi to find her way into their house or business and bring good luck.

They also give their house or business a thorough cleaning to ensure all the evil is taken out during Diwali.

Eating is an important part of the festival

Apart from celebrating light and good luck, having a feast is an important part of Diwali – however, every Indian family has their own traditions where they enjoy their favourite Diwali dishes.

And once that’s complete, Indian sweets are also popular during Diwali – family and friends can engage in the exchange of sweets and, at times, gifts with one another.


Diwali in Dubai

Residents in Dubai are preparing to celebrate the Festival of Light over the upcoming week, starting from November 1.

Diwali celebrators will be treated to lots of fireworks, supercar displays, musical performances and a special bazaar dedicated to Diwali.

For those looking to watch the firework displays in Dubai, The Dubai Creek is hosting a Diwali diya lighting ceremony for everyone in Dubai on November 7 at 8:30pm.

The Consulate General of India and several locations around Dubai have partnered up to bring grand celebrations over the next 10 days in Dubai – from live Bollywood and bhangra performances, to a Guinness World Record attempt for the most number of LED lights in a relay!

Be a part of this record-breaking moment at Al Seef Dhow Deck on November 10, which starts at 5pm.

Free special celebrations in Dubai

1. Diwali bazaar market
When? November 1 till 10
Where? Al Seef

2. Light your diyas
When? November 1 till 10
Time? 5pm to 10pm
Where? The Dubai Creek

3. Fireworks
When? November 8
Time? 8pm
Where? The Dubai Creek

4. Jai Ho! Dance
When? November 7
Where? Dubai Festival City Mall

5. Dubai Police car parade
When? November 1 till 10
Time? 5pm
Where? Al Seef