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What is Diwali?

Known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali, or Deepawali, is India’s biggest festival. Every year in autumn, homes light up in a riotous display of lanterns, string lights and diyas (oil lamps) to represent the victory of light over dark. This year Diwali falls on 7 November. Start your celebrations with Diwali treats on board and in our selected worldwide lounges.

Enjoy Diwali treats on board

From 4 to 10 November, we’re sweetening your journey to and from India with some mouth-watering Diwali treats.

In Economy Class, savour motichoor ladoo flavoured with cardamom and saffron. And if you’re flying in First Class or Business Class you can indulge in a selection of indulgent sweets presented in a decorated box.

Movies to match your festive mood

While you delve into your Diwali sweets, you can immerse yourself in more Indian culture with a host of Bollywood movies on board. There are over 200 regional movies to choose from, along with Indian TV favourites and chart-topping tunes. Plan ahead – check out our ice inflight entertainment.

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A sweeter lounge experience for Diwali

On 7 November, join us in our lounges in Dubai, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Delhi or Kuala Lumpur to enjoy traditional dishes packed with flavour. Tuck into tasty samosas, biryani and more before finishing off with some delicious gulab jamuns or milky angoori rabdi.

Where can you celebrate Diwali?

If you’re flying to India, expect boisterous firework displays and delicious sweet treats. In Singapore, celebrate this public holiday among the bazaars and street decorations of Little India. You can join in the Diwali fun in London’s Trafalgar Square with music, dance and Indian street food. Or fly to New York and hop aboard a twinkling Diwali cruise along the Hudson River.

Celebrate Diwali in India

Experience the Festival of Lights at our popular Indian destinations.
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