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Indians in UAE celebrate Diwali with fervour

People light up houses symbolising the end of darkness

  • By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 18:17 November 13, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
  • Indian expatriates illuminate their apartments for Diwali, the festival of lights, in Bur Dubai.

Dubai: The Indian festival Diwali, which was celebrated in Dubai on Tuesday, has different meanings for different people, but its basic theme of triumph of goodness over evil is relevant for all.

The festival, which marks the return of Sri Ram, a revered deity in Hindu mythology, from 14 years of exile, symbolises goodness for all.

“I hope Diwali ushers in good news for everyone. It is a festival of lights and I wish it lights up our lives. Though I miss the atmosphere we used to have in India, we are celebrating with equal fervour. We eat a lot of sweets and share them with our friends and neighbours, spreading the sweetness everywhere,” said Suhasini Dave, a Dubai housewife.

Celebrated with as much fervour in Dubai as in India, the festival adds colour and pomp to society as could be seen around the streets of Bur Dubai and Karama.

“I love decorating the house for Diwali. My children join me to create the rangoli [a floral mosaic made of coloured powder] and light up the house. I just love every moment of it when people come and wish each other forgetting all their concerns, it’s a wonderful moment,” said Maya Chandra.

Most people prefer celebrating the festival at home and spending time with families rather than going out to party.

“For me, Diwali is more of a personal time with family, we had the puja [worship] today and met all our relatives. Since all my relatives live here and we don’t often get to see each other due to busy schedules, we make sure all of us get together during Diwali,” said Bharat Chichera, manager of the India Club.

Falling in the middle of the week, there are not many public events to mark the festival, but the next two weekends are likely to see a host of festive parties.

The India Club is organising a ghazal night on November 22, with singers Bhupinder Singh and Mithali Singh flying down from India with their troupes.

Comments (6)

  1. Added 13:41 November 14, 2012

    Wish all the readers Happy Diwali. Diwali is true colour of indian culture and unity in diversity.

    AMIT PADWAL, DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia

  2. Added 12:12 November 14, 2012

    Being an Indian Muslim I feel proud to be associated with a country where all festilvals are celebrated together and without making any descrpency. Wishing all readers a happy Diwali and prosporous new year.

    Abbas, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 11:58 November 14, 2012

    The beauty of UAE is that everyone celebrates every festival as that is the reasons to be together and to have fun, irrespective of Eid or Diwali. We should appreciate the authorities for their support.

    Afham, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 11:28 November 14, 2012

    Today, when all we read about is war and killings, it's pleasant to read about goodness that prevails. People sharing and coming together in harmony, be it Eid or Diwali. It is we who differentiate and create barriers. India is a country where all religions live in harmony and this has happened because we consider everyone to be equal. May goodness prevail

    peeya, kuwait, Kuwait

  5. Added 09:57 November 14, 2012

    Please do not make separation between Indian Hindus/Muslims. Both Eid and Diwali are Indian festivals. We have lot of Indian Muslim celebrating Diwali in UAE offices along with Hindus and a lot of Hindus celebrating Eid along with our Muslim friends. Not to leave out our Christian friends. Even Filipinos celebrate both Eid and Diwali. Many Hindus in UAE also fast for Ramadan as we all know. This is special of UAE and Indians. ILU. Indians love UAE.

    Rama, Dubai, India

  6. Added 09:56 November 14, 2012

    Great to see celebrating festivals among the humanbeings, than seeing riots and fights in any part of the world. And all festivals are meant for all beings, irrespective of religions, cast, creed or color. This gives close opportunity for people to interact more as friends or as relatives or as loved ones and know each other and respect all cultures in this wonderful globe. All the best to all celebrations and festivals and long live them.

    Prasad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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