Over and above illuminating the home, Diwali is characterised by firework displays, feasting and dancing. For those of you celebrating the Festival of Lights, here is all you need for a wondrous Diwali in Joburg. Happy Diwali, everyone!

The History Of Diwali

Millions of people around the world celebrate Diwali with gift exchanges, fireworks and festive meals. Diwali celebrations take place when the monsoon season ends and the weather is mild and pleasant. Buildings are traditionally illuminated with oil-burning bowls called dipa lights, or more recently, with strings of artificial lights. People spend time with their friends and family, in the spirit of Diwali.

Indian Diwali Festival and Market


Diwali is often celebrated with a range of bright and colourful fireworks. But, there are other alternatives to look at when selecting fireworks. Try a non-explosive firework, sparklers or some floating lanterns for a burst of light that will not cause distress for humans or animals over this special celebration. Just remember that by law, Diwali is one of the only days that fireworks are allowed to be used. Here are some stores where you'll find alternatives to ordinary fireworks:

Getting Fireworks at Diwali

Where To Celebrate Diwali In The City

Joburg Zoo Festival of Lights

When: Sunday, 01 December 2019 - Sunday, 05 January 2019.

Where: The Johannesburg Zoo, Jan Smuts Avenue and Upper Park drive, Johannesburg.

Join in for The Festival of Lights at Joburg Zoo, featuring an enchanting collection of illuminated life-size animal characters bringing you classical, harmonious entertainment, food and a craft market for visitors to the Joburg Zoo. Patrons can enjoy a tranquil walk around the zoo on a designated lit route away from the animals, under trees decorated in enchanting lights. The Joburg Zoo Festival of Lights will kick off with a classical performance of The Nutcracker by Joburg Ballet at the Bandstand in the zoo. The entertainment will vary on a daily basis, offering a night out at the zoo for all.

2018 Lenz South Diwali Festival

The Buddhafunk Diwali Experience

When: Saturday, 26 October 2019 at 21:00 - 04:00.

Where: Buddhafunk, 19 Wessel Road, Rivonia, Johannesburg.

We are already approaching the Festival of Lights and we are truly excited to celebrate this fabulous festival. You should join in too, because Buddhafunk invites you to celebrate in a culmination of light and fashion. Buddhafunk explores the best of Bollywood and Hollywood on two dance floors, offering the perfect setting to party.

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