Celebrating Diwali Abroad!
This year is the first year ever that I spent the holiday, Diwali, away from my friends and family. At first I was a bit concerned, because I thought I wouldn’t get to celebrate and enjoy the holiday as much as I do at home. But to my surprise, Diwali is actually celebrated very nicely in Manchester so I was able to enjoy it even while I was abroad! On the day of Diwali, I walked to the temple with a couple of my friends and some other students who I hadn’t met before. These students were so nice and welcoming towards my friends and I and it was overall a really fun experience! It was interesting to see that even though I am abroad, the culture and customs of the temple and celebrating Diwali are essentially the same no matter where I am in the world.
At the temple, we got to listen to the service, light the candles, and obviously the night ended in a spectacular fireworks show! It truly was an amazing day and it was so nice to feel at home during this special holiday, even though I am an ocean away from my family. I know for a fact that the Diwali I spent this year in England, is one I surely will never forget!