Indians celebrate Diwali with fervour and zeal in UAE

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 14, 2012 06:00 hrs

Indians celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights, with fervour and zeal in Dubai on Tuesday.

"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," Suhasini Dave, a Dubai housewife, said.

"We eat a lot of sweets and share them with our friends and neighbours, spreading the sweetness everywhere," she added.

According to Gulf News, celebrated with as much fervour in Dubai as in India, the festival adds colour and pomp to society, which 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," Maya Chandra said.

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," Bharat Chichera, manager of the India Club, said. (ANI)

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