Diwali is one of the most important festival for Hindus bringing the entire family and friends together. HKYantoYan shares with your the ultimate last minute guide to celebrating Diwali in Hong Kong.
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 (Laxmi Pooja)
Day 1 – Dhanteras – Mon, 9th November 2015
The first day of Diwali is called Dhan Theras ie: – 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.
Day 2 – Choti Diwali or Chaturdashi – Tues, 10th November 2015
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.
Day 3 – Wed, 11th November 2015 – Lakshmi Pooja on Diwali
On this day, Hindus cleanse themselves and join with their families and worship the divine Goddess Lakshmi to achieve the blessings of wealth and prosperity, the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.
1. Preparing for Diwali Pooja
Step 1: Getting your Laxmi Pooja Essentials – 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?
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
YouStoreHK | 2415-5177
Greens Supermarket | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 3: How to do the Laxmi Pooja?
Here’s an interactive video that will help you do your Laxmi Pooja at home.
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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
2. Diwali Celebrations
Diwali Bash at Ovolo Southside
Get ready to celebrate the festival of lights in style with Ovolo Southside’s Bollywood Madness party with DJ Audiophile & Main set by DJ Raz playing foot tapping beats all night!
When:Saturday, 14th November 2015
Entry: HK$350/ free-flow alcoholic drinks package
Venue: Above | 23/F, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
RSVP & Tickets are available here
3. Diwali Shopping
Monday, 9th November 2015 – Prestige Gift and Lifestyle Fair
The oldest fairs in Hong Kong, come and discover beautiful gift items, clothes for kids, fashion accessories, gourmet fine food and lots more for the whole family.
- Timings: 10am – 8pm
- Venue: Conrad Hong Kong | Grand Ballroom, Pacific Place. 88 Queensway. Hong Kong
Saturday, 14th November 2015 –HT Artisanal Xmas Bazaar
This one is probably one the only child-friendly shopping bazaar with loads of fun things for the entire family! Get ready to shop for the best gifts and highest quality handmade products in Home-Decor, Food, Jewellery, Clothes, Personalised Gifts, Organic skincare, Kids items and more!
- Timings: 11am – 6:30pm
- Entry: Click here to RSVP
- Venue: The Space | 210 Hollywood Road.
High end ethnic Indian wear
- Sanskrit: 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Suite 904 , Central, Hong Kong | 2545 2088.
Affordable traditional Indian wear
- Khushboo’s Collection: Shop15-B, 1st Floor, Hung Hom Square, 37-39, Ma Tau Wai Road, Hung Hom, Hong Kong| 53731494
- 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
4. Making Diwali Sweets at Home.
Our contributor Sakshi Tracy shares the recipe’s for 5 mouth watering fusion Diwali sweets. CLICK HERE to check them out.
Wish you all a very happy and prosperous Diwali from team HKYantoYan.com and make sure to SHARE more Diwali ideas with us in the comments section below.