Without pomp and fireworks, it’s a different kind of Diwali

Diwali preparations in India

The Akshardham temple is illuminated with some 10,000 oil lamps on the eve of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Gandhinagar, some 30 kms from Ahmedabad on November 13, 2020.

Photo credit: Sam Panthaky | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The celebrants avoided crowded parties and mingling following a directive from the Hindu Council of Kenya (HCK) to observe the Covid-19 health protocols.
  • Ordinarily, Kenyans would have witnessed bustling lit-up markets and processions in the streets with colourful carriages, but now, everyone is social-distancing.

This year’s Diwali celebrations, which happened Saturday night, were quite low-key, devoid of the pomp and colour, fireworks and crackers that characterise the annual Hindu festivities.


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