Celebrating Diwali, The Festival of Lights

This week is Diwali, The Hindu Festival of Lights…

This is what the palace looks like when it’s lit up for Diwali Festival Of Lights. The festival of lights in India is one of the most beautiful events in the world as these photos show.

Around the world (though of course mostly in India) Hindus will be celebrating the event, which coincides with their new year, and is usually marked by fireworks and by the offering of gifts in the form of fruit and nuts.

But Diwali is far from just an Indian celebration. Seven in ten Indian Americans will celebrate Diwali, including Indian American Hindus and non Hindus. According to data from the Pew Research Center, 51% of Indian Americans identify as Hindus, 5% as Sikhs ans 2% as Jains. The remainder are Muslims (10%), Christian (18%) and non-religious (10%).

According to the Pew research centre Hindus are only half of the people who attend the Diwali Festival Of Lights. Indian Hindus are the biggest demographic visiting the Diwali Festival of Lights from America.

In India, Hindus make up 80% of the population. In India, many non-Hindus will also celebrate Diwali, The Festival of Lights.

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Paul Martin Harrison

Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher, author and journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential. Don’t miss Paul’s inspirational and enlightening book Journey To The Buddha Within You.