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
1. Aomori Nebuta Matsuri
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
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.
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.
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.