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 2023: Sunday November 12, 2023
Most families will be celebrating with their relatives and close friends (for those who get invited be sure to join - it is a real treat!). For those looking to celebrate Diwali in Hong Kong outside their home, check out this round-up of fun events for the family. Happy Diwali everyone!
Events For Diwali In Hong Kong 2023
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 dresses 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.
More Options For Diwali Clothing - Luxury:
For Diwali prayers, there are a number of temples you can visit to pray. The Hindu Temple in Happy Valley is popular among Hong Kong island dwellers. Otherwise, the Hindu Temple in Tsim Sha Tsui is also a great option.
More Temples To Pray And Celebrate Diwali In Hong Kong:
Get crafty! From Diwali cards to creating 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.
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 And Online:
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 who has put together a full collection dedicated to educating kids about the various Indian festivities through exciting stories and gorgeous illustrations.
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