Diwali is nearby and people in India are busy making preparations for the biggest festival in the country. It is believed that Lord Rama came back from ‘Vanvaas’ with wife Sita and brother Laksham to Ayodhya on this day. And the Indians celebrate the homecoming of their lord by lighting diyas.
Diwali is a festival of lights and do you know that it is not the only festival of lights? Yes, there are several other festivals of lights across the world celebrated almost at the same time of the year. Let’s just say, many countries celebrate Diwali in their own ritualistic way.
We bring you the most prevalent festival of lights from across the world. Take a look!
Festival of Lights, Berlin (Germany)
Celebrated in October, this festival of light dramatically transforms Berlin’s streets, historical structures and famous landmarks. A fairly new festival, it began in 2005 and was led as well as organized by Birgit Zander, who since then has been responsible for celebrating it annually. A major tourist attraction with the theme of light, there are also many art and cultural events and conventions held during this time.
Deriving its meaning from the Hebrew verb meaning to dedicate, this festival of lights is celebrated for a period of eight days beginning on the 25th day of Kislev by Jews to commemorate the rededication of the holy temple in Jerusalem.
This festival of lights celebrated annually throughout Thailand takes place on the evening of the 12th full moon of the traditional Thai lunar calendar which usually falls in November. Loykrathong translates as floating crown or a floating decoration hence during this festival, intricately decorated lanterns with incense sticks and candles are floated on a river.