Diwali celebration in India is a massive festival for Hindus. This year, Diwali is being celebrated on Monday, 24 October.
Diwali is also known as Deepawali or Divali. Deepawali combines two words Deep or Diyas and aawali or row. Deepavali means a row or series of deeps or diyas. Diwali is celebrated in India and abroad by Hindus and other non-Hindu communities who reside there. Besides Hindus, other communities like Jain, Newar Buddhist, Sikh, etc., also celebrate Diwali. Diwali comes in October or November. According to the Hindu calendar, Diwali falls on Amavasya means dark night or no moon night in Kartika month.
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This year, the Diwali celebration in Mauritius is on Monday, 24 October. Hindus in Mauritius celebrate Diwali in their unique style and traditions.
Like other nations, Mauritius also has many Indians and other communities celebrating the festival of lights. Diwali is a public holiday on a multi-cultural island. Firecrackers, Diyas, Rangolis, and other traditions are overwhelmingly followed in the nation, with more than 50% of the population of Hindus. Diwali preparations start well before the day of the festival. Mauritian Hindus begin by doing a thorough cleaning of their house. They then decorate their homes with strings of lights, like Christmas lights. They buy new clothes to wear for this special occasion and start preparing traditional Diwali sweets.
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