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‚ÄčThe Gran Canaria Hindu Community Celebrates Diwali Letters from the Atlantic by Barrie Mahoney

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‚ÄčThe Gran Canaria Hindu Community Celebrates Diwali

The Gran Canaria Hindu Community Celebrates Diwali

The largest Hindu community in the Canary Islands lives in Gran Canaria, although there are also many smaller Hindu communities across the other islands. This week saw celebrations for the Diwali Festival, which is also known as the Festival of Lights, and is often described to be similar to Christian Christmas celebrations, which also include the importance of lights or candles.

The Hindu community this year celebrated the first day of year 2074, which this year fell on a Saturday. Around 3000 people from the Hindu community live in Gran Canaria, and this week around 300 guests joined Augusto Hidalgo, Mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to come together to celebrate this special day, and the beginning of a new year in the Hindu calendar at a massive party.

This was a party to share with family and friends in which the goddess of prosperity is represented to attract happiness and wealth. Another reminder of our diverse community in the Canary Islands, and good to read about families and friends coming together to share happy times.

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