Arab Today, arab today indian expatriates prepare for diwali festivities
Last Updated : GMT 02:54:14
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Indian expatriates prepare for Diwali festivities

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Indian expatriates prepare for Diwali festivities

Dubai - Arabstoday

Bazaars in the city wear a festive look while colourful illuminations and floral decor adorn many houses across the emirate as the Hindu community here celebrates Diwali, the festival of lights, today.Heavy rush can be witnessed at sweet shops, gift shops and outlets selling items used in prayers such as oil lamps and candles. The items used in prayers are being sold at many supermarkets like Lulu and are also available in the temple area of Bur Dubai.\"I bought gifts for my friends and relatives earlier this week, and will buy sweets tomorrow. It is the biggest festival for us and we visit friends during the day but stay at home at night as we perform the puja [prayer ritual] and have a special dinner which includes sweets,\" said Anuradha, a Bur Dubai resident.\"We spruce up the house. In fact, cleaning has been going on for two weeks to welcome the deity Lakshmi, [deity of wealth], on Diwali night. Back home we also burst crackers,\" she said.\"On Diwali, we welcome our friends and relatives to our house; anyone is welcome to drop in and be part of the celebrations,\" said K. Kumar, a resident, who is also the convenor of Indian Community Welfare Committee (ICWC).The main day of the celebrations, which started on Monday with Dhanteras, is today  (Wednesday) when devotees will offer prayers to Lakshmi, and will culminate with Bhai Dooj, a day to honour the bond between brothers and sisters. People exchange gifts and give sweets to friends and relatives to celebrate the festival,People could be seen carrying gift items in the markets of Bur Dubai and Deira.\"I am buying chocolates and dried fruits for friends and relatives. For our puja day, we will go for the traditional sweets,\" said Isha, who was carrying several shopping bags in Bur Dubai.Shops selling gold and silver are also doing brisk business. Retailers said their sales reached a peak during the festive season.Meena Bazaar was chock-a-block with people rushing to buy gold on Dhanteras on Monday evening and retailers said the enthusiasm continues throughout the festival. Many jewellers have come out with special offers ranging from lucky draws to cashback offers and gifts to attract more customers. \"It is the best time of the year for us. Sales increase significantly and, particularly in areas with heavy Indian population like Bur Dubai, Deira and Karama, the demand for jewellery is quite high,\" said Cyriac Varghese, general manager, Sky Jewellery.\"It is an auspicious time to buy anything and I opted to buy some gold and also silver items yesterday. We also buy new clothes to wear on Diwali,\" said Rajesh Sharma, another resident.For many residents, the celebrations will involve going out for cultural programmes across the emirate. Several cultural nights and events have also been lined up for this weekend.For some, Diwali, the festival of lights, is about adding lights to the lives of others. Pali Chandra, a renowned Kathak performer, organised ‘Diwali ke Rang\', a charity fundraiser workshop, the donations from which would go for visually challenged girls.\"Diwali is the perfect festival to bring colour and light into the lives of people whose world is dark. The money we have raised will help in the treatment of five visually-impaired girls in Rakum school in Bangalore,\" said Chandra.Pravasi Bandhu Welfare Trust, a charitable organisation, will be giving food kits to blue-collared workers. \"We will be giving food kits that would last one month to several people next week,\" said K. V. Shamsudheen, chairman of the trust.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today indian expatriates prepare for diwali festivities Arab Today, arab today indian expatriates prepare for diwali festivities

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Hats, scarves add beauty to women

GMT 19:10 2017 Friday ,17 February

Hats, scarves add beauty to women
Arab Today, arab today Tourist guide reveals methods of tourist attractions

GMT 17:46 2017 Saturday ,18 February

Tourist guide reveals methods of tourist attractions
Arab Today, arab today To release new antiques collection

GMT 20:33 2017 Friday ,17 February

To release new antiques collection
Arab Today, arab today Leader Omar Abdel Rahman dies in US prison

GMT 19:00 2017 Sunday ,19 February

Leader Omar Abdel Rahman dies in US prison
Arab Today, arab today Murder of 2 reporters in Dominican Republic

GMT 22:45 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Murder of 2 reporters in Dominican Republic

GMT 15:48 2017 Friday ,20 January

Springsteen gives 'elegiac' secret show for Obama

GMT 12:10 2017 Wednesday ,11 January

France blocks sale of rare Da Vinci 'Saint Sebastian'

GMT 20:42 2017 Sunday ,08 January

Stage Is Set For the Extreme Entertainment

GMT 12:14 2016 Friday ,16 December

'Birdman' director to put migrant boat 'tomb' on show

GMT 13:25 2016 Tuesday ,13 December

Prince considered Paisley Park reality show

GMT 11:33 2016 Monday ,05 December

French choreographer Millepied starts anew in LA

GMT 07:05 2016 Monday ,14 November

Italian, US artists to create works for Louvre
View News in Arabic - Culture: معارض
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Kidogo provides childcare for underserved

GMT 20:24 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Kidogo provides childcare for underserved
Arab Today, arab today Tragic fluctuations of Bakhtiari's life revealed

GMT 06:50 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Tragic fluctuations of Bakhtiari's life revealed
Arab Today, arab today London to tax old cars

GMT 14:06 2017 Friday ,17 February

London to tax old cars
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today Competes Sweden and Germans by S90

GMT 22:36 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Competes Sweden and Germans by S90
Arab Today, arab today Porsche reveals new 2018 Panamera

GMT 17:31 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Porsche reveals new 2018 Panamera
Arab Today, arab today Actress Nadeen Al Rassi views art as her entity

GMT 07:30 2017 Saturday ,18 February

Actress Nadeen Al Rassi views art as her entity
Arab Today, arab today Teach monkeys to recognize themselves in mirror

GMT 20:41 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Teach monkeys to recognize themselves in mirror

GMT 07:05 2017 Friday ,17 February

Singer Diana Karzon will issue a new album soon

GMT 06:40 2017 Friday ,10 February

MP calls for removing text from Islamic story

GMT 13:16 2017 Tuesday ,14 February

First fashion model with Down syndrome

GMT 10:26 2017 Tuesday ,14 February

Emergency UN meeting in Harare

GMT 14:04 2017 Tuesday ,14 February

"Lagom" new Swedish concept in interior design

GMT 12:07 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Bite-mimicking malaria vaccine

GMT 09:03 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Tour guide praises women’s beaches

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 21:42 2017 Sunday ,12 February

Rania al-Ghazali designs candles of bubbles
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday