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Diwali: Celebrate the Hindu New Year in Torremolinos

Torremolinos is par excellence a multicultural city full of different flavors, colors and scents and traditions of different cultures, where many of them become unique events that stand out within our cultural and festive programming. This is the case with Diwali Mela, the Hindu New Year celebration, which will take place in our city this weekend.

With over more than 500 members, the Hindu community in our city is numerous and this weekend they will all team up with neighbors from Torremolinos, to celebrate the New Year. The Diwali or Lights Festival will begin on October 28 in the Plaza de la Nogalera. It is one of the great festivities for the Hindu community, where they usually wear new clothes, share sweets and have fun on one of their most joyful nights. It’s not much different than the celebration of the European New Year, where we all wear our best clothes to welcome the new year and pay tribute to the past.

The difference is that we will be in Torremolinos this weekend in 2075 as the Hindus mark their calendar by the moon. Above all, five days of family celebration. Open doors and windows, decorated with colored lights and many candles that are lit at sunset. That is why Diwali is also known as the Festival of Lights. A great banquet and besides, many gifts among family members, on traditional, festive and magical days.

How is it celebrated in Torremolinos?

The Diwali Mela celebration in Torremolinos is promoted by the Hindu Community of the Costa del Sol, with a variety of activities.

A very special event, marked by the colorful traditional Indian costumes and the good atmosphere in the street. Also in Calle San Miguel, the Lights of Happy Diwali will accompany them during these holidays for the Hindu community.

Dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi, symbol of beauty and good luck.

Diwali is this feast day of the goddess Lakshmí, a symbol of beauty, good luck and prosperity. That is why, if you enter a Hindu home, you may find an altar dedicated to this goddess, which these days will surely be decorated with flowers, coins and incense.

If you need a renovation, for Hindus it is the perfect date. The old has been cleansed and life is being prepared for the new.

The Diwali Festival actually lasts for five days, although the main celebrations take place on the third day, in this case on October 27. On the first day, Dhanteras, the houses are cleaned and everything is prepared to welcome Lakshmi. The second day is the Naraka Chaturdasi or Chotti Diwali. The third day, the most important one, is the day of the new moon, the darkest day of the month. The fourth day has different celebrations depending on the Hindu area and the last day is the siblings’ day, a day of family union where good food cannot be lacking.

Be that as it may, Diwali in Torremolinos is the perfect opportunity to also get closer to the Hindu community and learn a little more about their traditions and customs.

Other events where multiculturalism is celebrated

Torremolinos is a cosmopolitan city and therefore some traditions from other cultures stand out in our main events. This is the case of St. Patrick’s Day, which fills the Plaza de la Nogalera in March with typical Irish food, its famous black beer, contests and good vibes.

At the end of April, the Dutch community stars on King’s Day or «Día del Rey» in La Carihuela. A day full of Dutch folklore, gastronomy and craft products. Also in April, Torremolinos celebrates the Day of the Foreign Resident, to pay tribute to the large and diverse community of foreigners who have chosen Torremolinos to live. And it is that we have 15,175 residents from 126 different countries in a sample of how cosmopolitan our city is.

In June also in the Plaza de la Nogalera the Festival of Cultures takes place, one of the most important celebrations in Torremolinos with open-air shows, live music and stands with gastronomy and crafts from different countries.

And at the end of October, don’t miss the Halloween celebration, which each year acquires more prominence with children’s parties and shows for the elderly, to celebrate the traditional Trick or Treat Day.

Come whenever you come, don’t hesitate to consult the Torremolinos event calendar, because, whether it is a local tradition or one of the traditions of our foreign community, we are sure you will love them.

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