UAE’s Hindu res­i­dents cel­e­brate five-day fes­ti­val

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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.

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