The Indian festival Diwali falls on 26 October this year and Hindus all over the world will be honoring the goddess Lakshmi with family and friends. Here’s our low down on where to eat, pray and what to love during the Hindu New Year.
Ladoos from London can be ordered from Sims Sweets (email Simmi on [email protected]) while mixed mithai can be ordered from most Indian restaurants including Bombay Dreams (Tel: +852 2971 0001) and Trinity Groceries stock and deliver almost everything including mithai to your doorstep (Tel: +852 2314 9295).
The Hindu Temple in Happy Valley (1B Wong Nei Chong Road – opposite the racecourse and next to the Sanatorium Hospital) or the Kowloon Hindu Temple (8-12 Canarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Tel: +852 2572 5284).
The Indian Chamber of Commerce annual Community Ball will be held on Tuesday, 25October at the Island Shangri-La. (Tickets are HK$1,250 per head, call +852 2523 3877 for more). Kowloon based? The Indian Association and the India Club are throwing a Diwali extravaganza, Bollywood Bride, a musical play. Friday, 7th October Holiday Inn Golden Mile. (Tickets are HK$1,500 per head. Tel: +852 2311 4336). Lunch with the girls? The Hong Kong Indian Women’s’ Club is throwing their annual Diwali ladies lunch at the Aberdeen Marina Club on October 12th. Tickets are HK$550 for members and HK$650 for non members.
The Candle Company, 11 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central has one of the largest selection of candles, holders and incense in Hong Kong.
For Indian inspired outfits as well as traditional clothing check out Fine ‘N’ Rhine (2nd Floor, 68-70 Wellington Street and 42 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui), Tabla in Princes Building or Sanskrit, 48 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, all of whom stock beautiful saris, lenghas, shawls and kurta tops.
Platinum Heart will be showcasing beautiful Indian jewellery between 13th – 21st October (excluding Saturday 16th) between 11am-7pm (10th floor, One Lan Kwai Fong, Central).
Drop by Bookazine with the kids for face painting, diyas and the launch of the lovely book, Amma, Tell Me About Diwali. (Princes Building branch, Sunday, 16th October, 2011 from 3pm to 5pm, RSVP +852 2522 1785).