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8 Festivals Of Light Celebrated Around The World

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Diwali is India's very own festival of lights. Diyas, candles and fireworks make the Diwali week one of the brightest days of the year. However, Diwali isn't the only festival of lights celebrated in the world. There are many many more.

There is something about bright lights that seems to fascinate humanity, across the world. Perhaps it's the feeling of warmth that these lights exude. Or maybe it's the fact that the light brings people together.

From the Jewish festival of Hannukah, to the Chinese New Year and the Spanish Las Fallas to the Japanese Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, light is an important component of multiple festivals across the world.

Swipe through the clips below to discover more about these beautiful festivals of light and what they signify.

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Chinese Lunar New Year

For the Chinese New Year, lanterns and lights are used as decoration. The Chinese make dragon-shaped decorations and light them up on the inside. The Chinese New Year is generally celebrated in the middle of February each year. Chinese pay respect...

Loy Krathong And Yi Peng

Loy Krathong and Yi Peng are celebrated in November on the day of the full moon. They are celebrated in different parts of Thailand. They are both known as festivals of light and celebrated by letting go off lanterns into the sky. People make wish...

Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival

The Pngxi Sky Lantern Festival typically takes place just a couple of days before the Chinese New Year. People have been sending these paper lanterns into the sky for generations. In the modern age, the festival comes alive with beautiful light sh...

Aomori Nebuta Matsuri

This is a traditional festival held every year between August 2 and 7 in Japan's Aomari city. Huge floats—called nebuta—are illuminated and paraded across the city during the night. The sound of drums and cymbals fills the air and people dress up ...

Hannukah

Hannukah is a Jewish festival, which celebrates the rededicating of the Jerusalem Temple. The story behind this festival talks about how tough it was to take the temple back and how a small amount of oil gave them light for eight days by some mira...

Night Of The Witches

This festival takes place in the town of Catemaco which is in Mexico. During the festival, the streets are lit up throughout the night and witches, shamans and traditional healers descend upon the town. Since 1970, this festival has been celebrate...

Las Fallas

Las Fallas is a spring festival that takes place every year in Valencia, Spain. Full of fireworks and spectacular light shows, this festival stretches on for an entire month. And, if the lights weren't enough, mouth-watering street food is availab...

Lyon Festival Of Lights

This festival attracts 4 million people every year to Lyon, a city in southern France. Traditionally, this festival has been celebrated to express gratitude to the Virgin Mary. Candles are placed outside the windows and the entire city is lit up...

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