Immerse yourself in Hindu culture at Diwali, the annual five-day festival of lights.
- When? 19 - 23 Oct 2017
- Where? New Delhi, India.
- Price: Free
It's time to dress for excess to impress. Diwali Festival in the Indian capital may seem a little extravagant, but with custom jewellery, beautiful ethnic clothing and artistic henna tattoos almost a must when celebrating, who's complaining?
Diwali in New Delhi is the biggest event of the year, a five-day festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and light over darkness. Otherwise known as The Festival of Lights, this event features spectacular fireworks, the cleaning of homes and all manner of decorations including colourful rangoli artworks, candles and bright lights.
In New Delhi the build up to Diwali is an exciting time, with stores taking advantage of frantic shoppers buying new clothes and gifts to give to one another. If you really want to get into the Diwali spirit, buy some sweets and dry fruits when you’re in town to give to local guides, hotel staff or hosts as gift-giving is a big part of the celebrations.
Be warned, Diwali in central New Delhi is intense. Whether people are shopping in the run up to the event or marching down the streets in celebration on Diwali weekend, the festival is not for those who can't stand big crowds.
For the ultimate Diwali experience and a chance to escape the hustle and bustle, find an Indian homestay for your time in New Delhi. Many families will be happy to have you join in their celebrations and actually consider it an honour to have guests in their home at such an important time of year. You might even be invited into the kitchen to help prepare a feast for the celebrations, so say goodbye to the local takeaway and hello to home-made authentic Indian food.
Rangoli is also a fun activity to get involved in. Traditionally done by women, this floor art requires a steady hand and good imagination but it might be the only chance you get to draw on the walls and floor without a stern telling off. It is used to welcome the Goddess Lakshmi at the beginning of the festival and - together with the bright lights that hang from buildings - will give you some amazing photo opportunities to record your Diwali experience.
Just don’t forget your sari - no one likes a party pooper.
- Get there: Fly to New Delhi and take a taxi to the city centre.
- Stay: Book accommodation in the heart of New Delhi to be in the heart of the festivities.
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