14 Spectacular Festivals Of Light That Are As Beautiful As Diwali

When I think of Diwali, it is not the crackers or the noise that comes to mind. Surprisingly, it is not even the smog. My mother decorates a formation of diyas in the living room each year, and switches off all lights. That's when the power of light conquering darkness, really dawned upon me. 


If you thought Diwali was the only festival of light in the world, you are in for a surprise. We take you through some of the other festivals of light celebrated across the globe: 


1. Aomori Nebuta Matsuri - Japan

Held from August 2 to August 7 each year, this is a Japanese summer festival where colourful parades are held across Aomori (a Japanese city). Enormous floats depicting Japanese gods and mythological beings are paraded around and it's quite a visual spectacle. 


2 Festival of Lights - Lyon, France

The festival takes place on December 8 every year,  to express gratitude toward Mary, mother of Jesus. Much like Diwali, every house places candles outside windows. The festival usually lasts 4 days. 


3. Hanukkah

A festival celebrated by Jews all over the world, it is observed for a period of eight nights and days anywhere between the end of November and December. It all starts with lighting eight candles.

4. Festival of Lights - Berlin, Germany

It is an annual event which takes place in October, each year. It was started in 2004, and the latest entrant to the list of festivals of light. All major and popular landmarks are illuminated during the 9 days. It is now extremely popular among tourists and locals alike.