Indian expats comprise the biggest part of the UAE/Dubai expat population so naturally, traditional Indian celebrations are also celebrated in communities here in Dubai. In my office, sweets were coming left and right yesterday from work colleagues celebrating Diwali.
Most of the people in my work place are Muslims but it’s nice to see them greeting our Hindu work colleagues, shaking their hands and wishing them Happy Diwali.
Diwali — the Hindu festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals in India, Diwali or Dipavali is a significant festival in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. Adherents of these religions celebrate Diwali as the Festival of Lights. They light diyas—cotton string wicks inserted in small clay pots filled with oil—to signify victory of good over the evil within an individual. The festival of Diwali extends over five days. Because of the lights, fireworks, and sweets involved, it’s a great favorite with children.
To my Indian friends and blog readers celebrating Diwali: May the light of joy and prosperity shine on you this Diwali and always!