The festival of Diwali takes place for over five days. Dubai, being a liberalized city allows visitors and residents to participate in activities related to Diwali as well plenty of other things to do.
Days of celebration of the festival:
Dhanteras – The first day of the festival and marks to be the birth of the Hindu Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. Rangolis and colorful patterns are drawn on the floor and lamps are kept burning throughout the night in the worship of the Goddess.
Choti Diwali – Also known as Naraka Chaturdasi, which is the eve of the main festival. Women dress up and put mehendi and pujas are held.
Diwali – The Lakshmi Pooja is held, which is a worship ritual that is held for the goddess. People come together to burst crackers and fireworks as a mark of happiness. After the celebrations, family feasts and endless plates of sweets are there to savor upon.
Padwa – The day after Diwali is celebrated as mutual love between the husbands and the wives and the Hindu God, Krishna is worshipped on this day.
Bhai Dhuj – This day celebrates the relationship between sisters and brothers through various rituals and exchange of gifts and sweets.
THE STORY BEHIND DIWALI
There are many stories related to this festival. But, it is mainly believed that the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi was born on the Dhanteras Day and on Diwali it is believed that she visits and blesses all her devotees.
Another story that is believed is that Diwali is dedicatory of The Kingdom of Ayodhya that was lit up with lights and lanterns in order to welcome their long exiled king and the famous Hindu God, Rama.
While you’re in Dubai, celebrating Diwali don’t forget to miss out on the local attractions it has. There are many places to visit in Dubai, that you shouldn’t miss out on. Some of them are:
- The Dubai Mall
- Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates
- Burj Khalifa
- Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
- Miracle Garden
- Dubai Museum
- Dubai Fountains at the Dubai Mall
- Atlantis, The Palm
- Aquaventure Water Park at Atlantis
- The Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis
Celebrating festivals is a great way to enjoy in the city of Dubai, so don’t miss out this opportunity of enjoying with your friends and family while you get a chance of getting a bit closer to the Emiratis and their culture.
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