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Celebrating Divali in Mauritius

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Diwali is a Hindu festival that marks the victory of good over evil, of light over shadow and coincides with the new moon, called amāsvasya. The celebrations last five days, beginning two days before the new moon and continuing for two days after. Divali, also called Diwali or Dipavali (from Sanskrit “dipa avali,” “row of lamps”) is a very popular festival in Mauritius. Small clay lamps. Some Hindu families light on their windows to recall the small clay lamps lit by the people of Ayodhya along the path of Rama to light his return. People cook delicious meals and sweets that make Diwali even more delightful. The fresh aroma of sweets are mouthwatering and people exchange gifts with each other on this occasion.

This year, the festival starts on November 2 and ends on November 6: November 4, the main day of the festival, is a public holiday in Mauritius. The atmosphere was festive in the whole country. We walked in the streets of the capital on Wednesday. Then a small glimpse of Port-Louis all lit up for the festival. Because of Covid, there are no shows in the “mela” (gatherings), fortunately the exchange of sweets and gifts, shooting firecrackers between relatives and neighbors are present.

We hope this Diwali brings light to the life of all.

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