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This year Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, falls on Tuesday 13th of November and Hindus all over the world celebrate the triumphant homecoming of Ram, his wife Sita and their brother Laxsman from a gruelling 14 years spent in banishment in the jungle. Story has it that the night the weary travellers were returning was one without any moonlight to show the way, so villagers excited about the homecoming lit small clay earthen ware lamps using oil and wicks to make it easier for the travellers to navigate their way back.

So you’ll see many houses in Dubai lit up with tiny diyas in rows re enacting what the villagers did. Houses are often spring cleaned during this period so that good luck and prosperity can visit in the form of Laxshmi, families share gifts of money and new clothes Read more

The ‘Festival of Lights’ is a very present part of Dubai life due to the large Indian expat population. Don’t be surprised if your Indian neighbours light up their house over the next  week or even have a small firecracker and fireworks display in the garden!

Want to participate in the festivities? Here are the Dubai Diwali events for 2013!

Happy Diwali to all! Read more

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