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Festivals in India

A Rush of Colour

Palani Mohan's photographs (including A Burst of White) of celebrations in India of the Holi festival marking the end of winter gloom, and symbolising the triumph of good over evil. Today-Sat, 11am-6pm, Picture This Gallery, Suite 1308, 13/F, 9 Queen's Rd Central.

Wednesday, 23 May, 2012, 12:00am

Animals on pedestals

In October, Nepal holds a colourful five-day festival known as Tihar. While Hindus around the world celebrate Diwali - the festival of lights - in the name of the goddess Lakshmi, Nepal adds in more days and elements.

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Indian celebrations are strong on sweetness and light

For many Indians, this week marks one of the most important and colourful events on the calendar: Diwali, a five-day festival of lights that signals the start of a new year.

Diwali is celebrated on the 15th day of Kartika, the eighth month of the year on the Hindu calendar.

27 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Light up the party

Chungking Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui is the hub for all things Diwali in Hong Kong. You can buy the latest Indian fashions, music and food (such as hot cakes) to mark the Indian festival, which falls on Wednesday this year.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Tradition with a twist

In a large ballroom in the basement of the Holiday Inn Golden Mile hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, a 'who's who' of the local Indian community is gathered. In one corner, Simran Bhojwani, one of the leading sourcers and exporters of Indian silverware, is posing for photos and sipping champagne.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Bollywood stars to join HK's Diwali ball

The bright lights of Bollywood are set to shine in Tsim Sha Tsui next weekend when stars from the Indian film and entertainment industry hit town for one of this year's biggest Diwali balls.

24 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Holi Ravioli enjoys new lease of life with Size

Championship leader John Size wrung another double out of Sha Tin yesterday and kept Holi Ravioli's unbeaten formline for the yard intact in the Lusitano Challenge Cup (1,000m).

13 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Holi Ravioli profits as Floral Joy II disappoints

Punters who backed warm favourite Floral Joy II didn't have long to wait in the Castle Peak Bay handicap (1,000m) to find out their fate.

31 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Festival of Lights

KGV students add special meaning to Diwali

The night will be lit up on Diwali - India's most celebrated festival - which takes place on November 9 this year.

Teenagers have an extra reason to celebrate this year, as there's a ball planned just for them. But there is a serious purpose behind the fun, as all proceeds will be donated to charity.

8 Oct 2007 - 12:00am


Name: Neha Bhatia

Age: 15

City/country: Bombay, India

School name: Learners' Academy

Star sign: Sagittarius

I love arts and fashion sketching. Drawing, which is my passion, takes up a lot of my time.

22 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Ties that bind

Indian culture has very clear ideas about what constitutes a 'good' woman. A wife must be blindly devoted to her husband. A daughter must be obedient and respectful. A good sister is loving and affectionate.

15 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Gearing up for Diwali festival

Don't be surprised if the Conrad Hotel is inundated today by mobs of Indian tai-tais. That's because famed Indian fashion designer Suneet Varma (pictured) is there showing his autumn/winter fare and taking orders from private clients for gowns and dresses for the coming Diwali festival.

14 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Celebrate India's festival of lights in style

Tomorrow is the first day of Diwali - the Hindu festival of lights marking Indian New Year - an event that the local Indian community has been anticipating for weeks. Over the past few nights, there have been grand balls, parties and a mad frenzy to buy gold for good luck.

11 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Indians gamble the night away to win good luck

Diwali is the equivalent of Christmas in India. It's the time when houses are spring-cleaned, old sofas re-upholstered, walls repainted, tatty old kitchen utensils replaced. On the day, people wear new clothes, exchange sweets and gifts, explode firecrackers and light up their homes with candles or traditional diya lamps.

20 Oct 2002 - 12:00am


For our Durga Puja festival, the Hong Kong Bengali Association arranged for the idol Durga to be brought to Hong Kong from India. We were only able to give Customs one day's notice of its arrival.

We hoped that Customs officers could ensure it was safely processed when it got here.

17 Jul 1999 - 12:00am