Deepavali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, is celebrated on a grand scale in Jaffna. The Northern city in Sri Lanka is home to the largest Hindu Tamil population in the country who eagerly await the festivities associated with the colorful festival each year. This year, Deepavali is on 18th October.

Originally a festival that followed the summer harvest in India, in Hinduism, Deepavali is a celebration of the triumph of Light over Darkness, Good over Evil, Knowledge over Ignorance and Hope over Despair. Thousands of lights adorn every home, temple and street for Deepavali, and household members engage in an exchange of gifts and indulge in delicious, newly prepared delicacies as a family.

While there is a five-day run up to the culmination of all the festivities, they are busy ones with poojas, prayers, temple visits and devout observances. The final and grandest day is the Deepavali day itself, with firework displays and family gatherings.

So this is a great time to visit the alluring city of Jaffna, where you can also stay at The Thinnai and partake in the boutique hotel’s celebrations. The All Suite boutique hotel is the epitome of a traditional Jaffna household, with warm hospitality, beautiful surroundings and the comforts of home.

Given that the Deepavali season is also popular for shopping, you too can indulge in some gift purchasing and gift giving while on holiday as well. Visit The Thinnai’s ‘Semman’ Retail outlet and acquire some valuable handmade, thoughtful and useful gift items crafted by the local artisans in Jaffna.

So here’s to a memorable visit to Jaffna on Deepavali this year!