Millions across the globe set to mark Diwali celebrations on 4 November
Diwali (or Deepavali) is set to be greeted by millions of Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs across the globe for five days from 4 November.
Dubbed the “festival of lights,” celebrations stretch beyond India into various parts of the world where there is a strong presence of Hindu communities such as Malaysia, Singapore, Fiji, Guyana, Mauritius, and the United Kingdom, the United States, among others. As the day is also a public holiday for some countries, domestic traveling is also expected to increase, with transportation hubs set to get busier than usual. Firework displays and festive gatherings will also be held amid regional variations in lights, sounds, arts, and flavors. The lighting of lamps, dance events, sweet snacks, and presentation of a “kolam” (a decorative art using rice flours) will be the key highlights for many during the festival. While the celebrations give a reason to cheer for many, health officials have also issued a reminder that much of the world has remained under the clout of Covid-19 and urged the public to continue adhering to health protocols at all times.