Festive Fever: How India Celebrates Abroad

Indians just love to celebrate and no one can take the festive spirit out of us. And why not, it is said that in India there are 34 crore gods and each is worshipped by people depending on what religious faith they choose to follow.

Celebrations are in our genes as we Indians are obsessed with festivals, food, and getting for decked up for no matter what the occasion is, diwali, dashera, ganesh chaturthi, gudi padawa, makar sankranti, tij, Id etc.

It is said that you can take an Indian out of India, but you can’t take India out of an Indian. As the world is expanding and Indians are spreading across the globe, they make sure to celebrate nonetheless so that the next generation feels attached to their roots and traditions.

So even those who are now settled abroad for good, make sure to celebrate all the festivals. The younger generation should understand the significance of each and every festivals like rakhi which celebrates the bond of love between a brother and a sister or diwali during which we worship goddess lakshmi who blesses us with wealth and prosperous life. The NRIs kids should know that dasera is celebrated to mark the return to lord Rama from vanvas and diwali is celebrated when he reached Ayodhya.

Here is a glimpse into how Indians celebrate festivals when they are outside India

  1. Everybody goes to a temple on the festival day.

  2. All Indian family, friends and colleagues meet and order food or play games.

  3. People perform ram leela or other such acts for the younger generation.

  4. Cultural associations abroad organise things like “diwali mela” where people come to celebrate and eat good food.

  5. These days some schools abroad celebrate International day where kids dress up as per the festival and tell others about their traditions.

  6. Lots of associations form clubs like Maharashtra group, or Andhra group and they celebrate their festivals

Apart from this, there are some organisations which are known for their celebrations. Like Stanford ‘Holi’ is a big celebration. Similarly, Dallas DFW temple celebrates all sorts of performances.

What do you think?

Written by Priyanka Baheti

Priyanka comes from the land of best beaches, majestic scenery and the quintessential Southern California. Masters in Engineering and mother of two, she believes that education give us way of life to live and family gives Liveness.

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