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Diwali is one of India’s most important religious events and it is celebrated in South Africa too by its many Hindi residents. Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal Province is where the largest population of Indians reside and where a spectacular Diwali festival is held each year to commemorate the day.
Diwali is known as the Festival of Lights and symbolically signifies triumph of light over dark or good over evil. More than 10 countries observe the day as an official public holiday and the event is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains in slight variations.
Durban marks the event – when the darkest new moon appears on the Bikram Sambat calendar – with spectacular fireworks and Bollywood-style entertainment. The event is normally held in stadia to host the large crowds (South Africa has well over 500000 citizens of Indian descent) and will most likely continue to be held at the 56000-seater Moses Mabhida Stadium. The day begins with a spring cleaning of the house, the occupants decorate their homes and place lights or candles outside of their property, spend time in prayer, then dress up to attend the evening events. The night comes alive with a lengthy firework display and in the stadium bands play bhajan, music with a religious theme. After the festivities, families return to enjoy a feast to share with loved ones and to exchange gifts.
Plenty of shopping takes place over the Diwali period and it’s a time for Hindus to be cheerful and to unite and strengthen family bonds.