Diwali in Kenya and Tanzania
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Diwali in Kenya and Tanzania

Diwali in Kenya

Approximately 1000 Indians reside in the former British colonies of Kenya and Tanzania. They form just about 1% of the total population of these countries. However, the influences of this tiny amount of population have considerable economic influence and are a well-respected minority. They also celebrate the major Indian or Hindu festivals of the Hindu solar calendar.

As they have restricted interaction with the locals and do not seek converts they usually celebrate their festivals the same way India does. The significance, customs and belief related to the festival of light, therefore is almost same like that of India. Illumination, worshiping of God and Goddess of wealth and prosperity are some of the common practice. Diwali is also declared as a national holiday in Kenya.

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