UAE’s Hindu residents celebrate five-day festival
Thousands of Hindus in the UAE are celebrating Diwali.
The Indian festival of Diwali is celebrated over five days, with day three being the main one, during which Hindus worship the Goddess Lakshmi.
Diwali in Sanskrit means a row of lamps, lit By 7DAYS News Team with oil and cotton wick. Lights are put inside and outside homes.
Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, is worshipped to give health, wealth and prosperity. Rangoli – coloured powder art – is made at the entrance of a home or venue to welcome the goddess.
New clothes are worn and after the prayers, firecrackers are set off. Family and friends visit each other and exchange sweets and gifts.
Approximately 1.3 million Indians reside in the UAE, out of which an estimated 750,000 Hindus celebrate Diwali.