Happy Diwali from Kenya. PHOTO | The SUN
Happy Diwali from Kenya. PHOTO | The SUN

The Hindu Diwali celebrations are around the corner, today marks the beginning of the five-day celebrations world wide.  It is a big day for the Hindu community where they share what they have with others.

DIWALI is now underway, with the five-day celebration being enjoyed by millions around the world. The usual celebrations are done in Indian Temples and senior houses.

The festival of light sees Hindu homes decorated with candles and lights and people sharing gifts - but what is the celebration all about?

The date of the festival is calculated according to the position of the moon and the Hindu lunar calendar and is usually in October or November. This means the date of Diwali changes each year and, in 2017, the main date is TODAY (October 19).

But Diwali itself began on October 17 - and celebrations continue for five days.Diwali is observed by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains around the world and is often celebrated by street parties and fireworks.

In Kenya, most of the temples have already been decorated only waiting for the official moon citing. Majority of the Indian buildings have Diwali decorations where during the festival, families, and friends share sweets and gifts and there is also a strong belief in giving to those in need. It is also traditional for homes to be cleaned and new clothes to be worn.

Indian sweets which come in a range of colours and flavours are also eaten during the celebrations, as well as various rich savoury and sweet dishes.

The streets of Mombasa, Nairobi, and Kisumu have been decorated in preparation for the fireworks expected as it marks the beginning of Diwali celebrations.

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