Days have grown shorter, nights are coming a little quicker and Diwali, a five-day festival season of light, has arrived. Huge numbers around the world observe this religious festival, including Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists. To mark the event, Voyager in Google Earth has published a global tour which starts in India, the festival’s spiritual home.
Caption: A night-time shot of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, lit up with fireworks overhead. (Local Guide Manish Sharma)
Diwali translates roughly to “row of lights” in Sanskrit, and fittingly, this story will lead you on a light-filled path, paying tribute to Diwali-celebrating citizens around the world. Colorful locations are brought to life with Local Guides imagery, as each stop delves deeper into Diwali traditions. Explore religious tales and find out more about key figures, such as Lakshmi, the goddess of good fortune.
Caption: A photo of a gigantic statue of the monkey god, Lord Hanuman, standing outside the Dattatreya Temple Compound in Trinidad and Tobago. (Local Guide Philip Siong)Discover why it is customary to lead a route into a home with small clay lamps known as diyas, and the power of the chalk-and-pigment patterns called rangoli. Find out why crows and dogs are celebrated in Kathmandu, and which English city hosts the largest celebrations outside of India.