The much-awaited festival of lights, Diwali is just around the corner.
But in case you are bored with the usual drill lately, and want to make your Diwali celebration a bit different, know that travel could be a great idea.
Many non-resident Indians have made the festival pretty popular abroad.
Here are five countries (other than India, of course) that love celebrating Diwali.
Located east of Madagascar in the Indian ocean, Mauritius is a place that celebrates Diwali with such zest that you won't feel that you're out of India.
The country has a 63% Indian diaspora, out of which 80% follow Hinduism.
Hence, celebration of Diwali, among other Hindu festivals, is commonplace in the country.
Post festivities, enjoy the country's picturesque landscapes and beautiful beaches.
Nestled in the foothills of Himalayas, Nepal has an 80% Hindu population. Hence, celebrations surrounding Diwali is pretty obvious in the country.
Known as Tihar among the locals, the Diwali festivities continue for as many as five days.
If you want to extend your Diwali vacation, check out the various spectacular temples in the capital city of Kathmandu.
Although the majority of population in Indonesia follows Islam, Diwali is among the most revered festivals among locals in the popular island destination of Bali.
And even when you are done with the celebrations, Bali has no dearth of things to do. These include the spellbinding Uluwatu temple, the charming Tegallalang Rice Terrace, the Ubud Monkey forest, and some of the best beaches ever.
Although the Hindu community doesn't comprise a big chunk of Malaysia's population, the locals take much pride in celebrating Diwali during this time of the year.
If you plan to stay anywhere near the capital, go check out amazing spots like the Petronas Twin Towers, Batu Caves, The Chinatown, and Perdana Botanical Gardens, to get the real taste of the bustling Asian country.
Head to Little India in Singapore, and you won't miss your homeland for a long time.
For one, Diwali is celebrated with much fervor and joy there.
And once the fireworks go out, don't feel bad, there's lot you can explore in this country.
Some of the must-visit destinations are the Sentosa Island, Clarke Quay, Gardens by the Bay and Singapore Zoo.
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