Festive mood: While in India, they are doing as the Indians do

  • Nikhil Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 10, 2015 15:08 IST
Foreigners doing festive shopping during Diwali festival at sector 19 market. (Karun sharma/ HT photo)

The festive spirit during preparations for Diwali across the city has enthused foreigners as well. With just two days to go for the festival, foreigners residing in the city are geared up to follow the locals by lighting up the surroundings and indulging in shopping.

Renata Melati Putri from Indonesia, who is pursuing an internship at a private university, is already bowled over by the culture and traditions of the country.

“It’s amazing here. The decorative lights have spruced up the city. Markets look beautiful in the evenings and it is fun moving around in such a festive atmosphere. I have special plans for celebrating Diwali with my friends from other countries. We are going to dress up in traditional attires and take selfies,” she said.

Although Putri is disappointed with the UT administration’s directions of not bursting crackers after 10 pm, she complimented the officials for their efforts to save the environment.

“It would have been fun if we could get more time to burst crackers since it is

my first Diwali. We might travel to some other city, so that we can celebrate Diwali without restrictions,” she said.

Soheil Fereidouni, who is from Iran and is pursuing PhD in biophysics at Panjab University, is also looking forward to Diwali. “I am lucky that I received numerous invitations from people here. I am really excited and look forward to dress up like my friends here,” Soheil said.

Talking about traditions back home, Soheil said there is a similar festival called ‘Chaharshanbe Suri’ (Wednesday Light), which is based on the belief that light will overcome darkness and fire will burn the untruth. “Diwali, too, is a festival of lights and universal brotherhood and I hope people always live with the same spirit,” he said.

Reza Bayuni from Indoneshia, who is pursuing BCA at a private university, plans to visit Jaipur with his friends from other countries to celebrate Diwali.

Bayuni, a resident of Sector 15, said: “My friends from various countries will reach Jaipur on Diwali as we have heard a lot about the celebrations there. I have been told that there are beautiful forts that are spruced up during the festival. I have already bought a few firecrackers for the day.”

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