Located just south of the Indian peninsula is the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka. Also known as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, Sri Lanka is nation with a rich heritage and multi-cultural society. It is also a popular tourist destination, as it is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches, magnificent mountains with lush greenery, renowned religious and historical sites, and a booming hospitality industry along with a wide range of recreational and leisure attractions.

There are many religious and cultural festivals that are celebrated in Sri Lanka. One such festival which is of immense significance to the Hindu Tamils of the island is Deepavali. This festival, which is a celebration of good triumphing over evil, is also celebrated in India, Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore, and several other nations. The festivities involve a great deal of colourful rituals, traditional practices, and many exciting features making it an extremely vibrant

Happy Deepavali 2018, Trilok Singh, Saurabh Singh.

Deepawali, or Diwali; as it is known in India, is usually held during mid-October and mid-November. The festival is celebrated to banish all the shadows and evil from one’s life, which is why one of its main elements is the lighting of oil lamps. The light emitted from the lamps represents the good casting away the evil, which is also why Deepawali is colloquially called the Festival of Lights.

In addition to each house lighting lamps, the other festivities include traditional rituals for the Goddess Lakshmi at kovils, the lighting of firecrackers, colourful street parades, the making and distribution of traditional Tamil sweetmeats, and the exchange of new clothes. It is also a time when families visit each other, with all the relatives coming together. The festival of Deepawali is extremely beautiful and vibrant, and is celebrated grandly each year in what culminates as one of the most colourful festivities of the Tamil people.

One of the oldest and most reputed Sri Lanka car rental service providers is Malkey Rent A Car. With over 30 years of experience in the field of offering transport solutions, the company strives to make your internal transport in Sri Lanka hassle free. The company offers a range of services, which include simple self rentals, tour rentals with experienced chauffeurs, and airport transfers Sri Lanka, making it an ideal option for those planning to rent vehicles when on holiday.

Author, Caleb Falcon is living in Sri Lanka. Caleb Falcon is part of our authors community.

We must listen to the victims: Huma Qureshi on #MeToo

A Menace: India’s ‘Growth’ to Slow to 7.3% In 2019