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The Expert’s Guide to Diwali in Hong Kong
The popular festival of light known as Diwali is just around the corner. We at HKYantoYan understand the importance of the festival for any Indian, and so we bring to you the only intricate Expert guide to Diwali in Hong Kong.
This year, Diwali falls on Sunday, 3rd November 2013. Diwali celebrates Lord Ram’s return to his kingdom Ayodhya after completing his 14-year exile and killing the demon Ravan. Goddess Lakshmi Devi, who is the Goddess of wealth is worshiped on Diwali . Deepavali is a combination of two names, Deepa which means lamp and Awali, which means row or line. So the Deepavali means a row of lights, or more popularly – the festival of lights.
For parents in Hong Kong who want to educate their kids about Diwali, there is an excellent application by Tamarind Tots on iTunes here, and a book “Amma, Tell me about Diwali” written by Bhakti Mathur which you can get here.
The 3 Important Days of Diwali:
The festival is celebrated for five continuous days, where the third day is celebrated as the main Diwali festival.
Friday, 1st November 2013 – Dhanteras
The first day of Diwali is called Dhan Theras. It is in fact the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksh, the dark forthnight of the month of Kartik. On this day, Lord Dhanwantari came out of the ocean with Ayurveda for mankind. This day marks the beginning of Deepawali celebrations.
Saturday, 2nd November 2013 – Choti Diwali or Chaturdashi
The second day of deepawali is called Narak Chaturdasi. On this day Lord Krishna destroyed the demon Narakasur and made the world free from fear. On this day, one should massage the body with oil to relieve it of tiredness, bathe and rest so that Diwali can be celebrated with vigor and devotion.
Sunday, 3rd November 2013 – Lakshmi Puja on Diwali
On this day, Hindus cleanse themselves and join with their families and they worship the divine Goddess Lakshmi to achieve the blessings of wealth and prosperity, the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.
How to prepare for Diwali?
Step 1: Laxmi Pooja Essentials
Make sure you get the following essential ingredients for your laxmi pooja thali: Rice, Kalalava or Mouli, Sindoor, Sweets, Dry Fruit, Fruits, Betel nut, Betel Leaf, Diyas, incense sticks and fresh flowers.
Step 2: Where to buy Pooja Thalis, Mithais (Indian Sweets) & Decorative items?
Many Indians stores all over Hong Kong are currently selling the pooja thalis, along with many decorative items which can be used to ensure your homes are well lit this Diwali.
Indian Provision Store and Supermarket – Shop No. 65-67, G/F, Chung King Mansion, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | 2368 2158
Morning Star – 1/F, Chung King Mansion, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | 2368 2947
Maharaja Indian Supermarket – Room:205, 2/F, Haiphong Mansion,99-101 Nathan Road, TST, Kowloon, Hong Kong | 27565611/23662941
Trinity, Taste of India – Unit 1210, 12/F, Sunbeam Center, 27 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong | 23149295
Hong Kong Island
Indian Provision Store – 34-Bowrington Road, G/F, Wanchai | 2891 9104
SpiceBox Organics – 72 Third Street, G/F. Shop K, Fook Moon Bldg, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong | 2568 2728 / 2568 2738
Hawk Organic Store – Shop P4, G/F, Sea View Crescent Plaza, 8 Tung Chung Water Front Road, Tung Chung | 2415 4777
SpiceStore | 2944 2336
Step 3: How to do the Laxmi Pooja?
Watch this informative video.
Step 4: Where to go pray?
Kowloon Hindu Temple: 2/F, Carnavon Mansion, 8-12 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong | 2572 5284.
ISKON Hong Kong: 6/F, Ocean View Court, 27 Chatham Road South. Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong | 27396818
Happy Valley Hindu Temple: 1B Wong Nai Chong Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong (Opposite the racecourse and next to the HK Sanatorium Hospital) | 2572 5284.
Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Hong Kong: 10/F, Block A, Burlington House, 92-94 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong | 852-3674240
Step 5: Where to celebrate?
1. Diwali Dhoom at Zuma Bar & Lounge
Elite Entertainment, S2 Entertainment & The Edge presents, Diwali Dhoom. Featuring DJ G (Kilogram) and opening set by our own DJ RAAHIL
When: Saturday, 2nd Novmber.
Entry: HK$1088/Per Person – Premium Open Bar
Venue: Zuma Bar & Lounge, Level 6, The Landmark, 15 Queens Road, Central, Hong Kong.
Tickets & Table Bookings: Rahul +852 6103 0413 , Manesh +852 9122 1962, Sonali +852 6200 6187
2. ISTA Diwali Dinner
Ista Restaurant in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong has come up with a delectable vegetarian & non vegetarian menu. You can arrange a Diwali Dinner for your friends, colleagues and family at the classy venue. Check out the menu and book directly by clicking here.
Venue: 2nd Floor, Onfem Tower, 29 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong. Next to Fringe Club.
3. SpiceBox Organics Diya Workshop
Join the week long Diya painting workshop at SpiceBox Organics to raise funds for the Society for the Relief of Disabled Children and Asmita center for Disabled Children. The drive is on till 1st November. Check out their event on Facebook by clicking here.
When: On till Friday, 1st Nov 2013.Venue: SpiceBox Organics, 72 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong.
RSVP: [email protected] or Call 2568 2728.
4. Dynamic Diwali Celebrations at Aqua
Rezonance Events & Desi Sounds Entertainment presents Spirit of Bollywood Vol 6 . A Dynamic Diwali Celebration in Hong Kong at one of the top ten bar in the world- Club Aqua. Get ready to rock with India’s top Most Music Producer DJ DEV & a brilliant Visual Artist VJ Nirav.
When: Saturday, 9th Nov 2013
Venue: 29th & 30th Floor, 1 Peking Road, TsimShaTsui, Kowloon.
Tickets: Advance HKD 250, At Door HKD 300 (Inclusive of 1 standard drink & a welcome shot).
Contact: Sanjay: 94234634
5. Cross Cultural Eid & Diwali Show 2013
Caritas Youth & Community Service presents a cross cultural show celebrating Eid and Diwali. There will be dances, henna booths, traditional singing etc.
When: Saturday, 9th November. 3pm-6pm.
Venue: Community Hall, Caritas Community Centre- Kowloon, 256 A, 3rd Floor, Prince Edward Road West, Kowloon.
Contact: Mr. Singh +852 2339 3714
Step 6: Where to Shop
Wednesday, 30th October 2013 – Holiday Bazaar 2013
An exciting Shopping Bazaar where you can find something for everyone in the family! Don’t miss out on some delicious Halloween Cupcakes & Candies at the venue!
- Timings: 10am – 8pm
- Entry: Free Admission
- Venue: The American Club Hong Kong, 28 Tai Tam Road, Tai Tam, Hong Kong
High end ethnic Indian wear
- Sanskrit: 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Suite 904 , Central, Hong Kong | 2545 2088.
- Raja Luxe: 2/F Cammer Commercial Building, 30-32 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong | 2311 5612
Affordable traditional Indian wear
- Kanta Trading Co: 3rd Floor, Shop No.T1-T2, Cathay 88 Cathay Lodge, 125 Wan Chai Road, Hong Kong | 69705313
- Monicas Enterprise: 68, Mirador Mansion, 1/Fl, Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong | 2368 4432
- Shradha Studio: Email – [email protected] or call 95814416
Step 7: Where to Donate?
Goonj is a non profit organization that provides clothes & other basic amenities to millions in the far-flung villages by turning urban wastage into a resource for rural India.For more information visit http://goonj.org/ or send them an email at [email protected]
Prayaas is a non-profit start-up initiated by a group of Indian expats in Hong Kong. It is intended to be a vehicle for organized social initiatives focused on India. The idea behind Prayaas is simple – to contribute in some small yet meaningful way by donating time and money to deserving causes. Prayaas is now looking to enlist like-minded people who are enthusiastic about contributing in whichever way they want to! For more information, visit http://www.ekprayaas.net/about.htm or send them an email at [email protected]