Dubai celebrates Diwali just like in India

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Indian community in the region is set to celebrate the ‘festival of lights’ tonight, marking its biggest celebration of Diwali in Dubai.

Thousands of expatriates are decorating their homes with strings of bright lights and handmade pots, moreover, as part of the celebration is lighting up the sky with fireworks, and lastly the sumptuous food to complete the celebration.

Furthermore, major celebrations are set to take in Dubai Festival City and Al Seef in Dubai, and homes in Bur Dubai, Karama, Qusais, and Al Nahda in Dubai, will be grand with its festivities.

“Diwali is a time we spend with close friends and family. After the special Diwali prayers, we will be meeting with members from our community, relatives, and friends before heading for a Diwali party. Since I enjoy cooking, I will also prepare Diwali-themed dishes such as gajar ka halwa, masala kaju, ghud ki mithai, fresh mawa (for barfi), and naan khatai for home,” Divya Narwani, Sharjah resident.

Lastly, expat Arti Karnik shared his thoughts on the celebration, “Diwali is celebrated mostly with family. The preparation and cleaning begin a few weeks ahead of the festival. We buy decorations and give clothes for stitching. A big part of Diwali is the food; we prepare homemade namkeens (snacks with a salty flavour) and mithai (sweets) at home.”