The festival of lights, Diwali, is one of the most important festivals for Hindus. Marking the beginning of a new year, families fill their homes with candles and lanterns, exchange gifts, and eat tasty Indian treats. Check out our guide to this special festival – we have you covered from where to celebrate to shopping at the top Indian dress shops in Hong Kong, to finding Indian treats and candles. Enjoy!
Diwali 2019: Wednesday, November 7, 2019
From gorgeous custom-made sarees to readymade Indian clothing too, Kanta Trading Company can help get you sorted with the best outfit on the island. Call to check on their supply of kids Diwali outfits in advance before visiting. There are other shops in the building that offer Diwali dress for children also. Another great option is Mirador Mansion which has stacks of Indian dress options for kids. Chung King Mansions is also a popular shopping hub this time of the year and has affordable outfits for the whole family.
Kanta Trading Company, 3rd Floor, Shop No.T1-T2, Cathay 88 Cathay Lodge, 125 Wan Chai Road, +852 6970 5313, www.facebook.com/kantatradingcompany
Nanak Clothes House, www.facebook.com/nanakclotheshouse
Mirador Mansion, 54-64 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.
Chung King Mansions, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
More Options For Diwali Clothing - Luxury:
Raja Fashions, raja-fashions.com/rajaluxe
For Diwali prayers, there are a fair few temples you can visit to pray. Head to one of Hong Kong's popular temples, for HK island dwellers, you can visit The Hindu Temple which is in Happy Valley. For those who live on the dark side, there a fair few temples in Kowloon, the Hindu Temple in Tsim Sha Tsui is a great option.
Hindu Temple, 1B Wong Nai Chong Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, +852 2572 5284
Kowloon Hindu Temple, 2/F, Carnarvon Mansion, 8-12 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2572 5284
More Temples To Pray And Celebrate Diwali In Hong Kong:
Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Hong Kong, 10/F, Block A, Burlington House, 92-94 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
ISKON Hong Kong, 6/F, Ocean View Court, 27 Chatham Road South. Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Most families will be celebrating with their relatives and close friends (for those that get invited be sure to join - it is a real treat!). For those looking for celebrating Diwali in Hong Kong outside their home, check out this round-up of fun events for the family and one event just for mom and dad. Happy Diwali everyone!
Events For Diwali In Hong Kong *2019 getting updated soon
1. Diwali Fashion & Fun Pop-Up - October 25, 26 & 27, 2018 from 11am - 8pm
2. Diwali Children's Workshop - October 27, 2018 from 4pm - 5:30pm
3. Lantau Diwali Bazaar - November 4, 2018, from 11am - 5:30pm
4. Diwali Celebration @ Chaiwala - November 7 -10, 2018 from 6pm
5. Diwali Beats with The Zero Point at Tamarind - November 10, 2018 f,rom 8pm - 3am *parents only
Get crafty! From Diwali cards to create your own floating candles to funky outdoor rangoli creations, kids will enjoy decorating the home. There is a surplus of brilliant ideas on Pinterest with a few of our favorite links below as well.
100+ Diwali Ideas, Website
Quick + Easy Diwali Crafts, Website
Diwali Crafts, Website
15 DIY Diwali Craft Ideas for Kids, Website
Children absolutely love the treats and sweets side of Diwali! Some of the favorites? Kaju Katli - kaju means "cashew" in Hindi - is a yummy snack resembling white tiles. Laddoos are very popular during the celebration. This sweet of the deity Lord Ganesha is made from chickpea flour and flavored with chopped nuts and spices. Other must-tries include dates, burfi, and mithai and more.
Buying Diwali Treats In Hong Kong
Spice Store, www.spicestore.hk/en/49-diwali-special
Buying Diwali Treats In TST:
Indian Provision Store and Supermarket, Shop No. 65-67, G/F, Chung King Mansion, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2368 2158
Want some help in teaching kids about the tradition of Diwali? Little Steps has selected 3 books to help you celebrate, educate, and enjoy Diwali with your kids. We love Amma, Tell Me About Diwali! Bhakti Mathur is a Hong Kong-based writer which has put together a full collection dedicated to educating kids about the various Indian festivities through exciting stories and gorgeous illustrations.
The Diwali Gift From 3 Curious Monkeys, Website
Amma, Tell Me About Diwali!, Website
Lighting a Lamp: A Diwali Story, Website