It’s a day to go for the festival of lights and the Indian diaspora across the globe is on its toes to celebrate Diwali.
Dubai kickstarted Diwali celebrations in collaboration with Dubai Tourism and the Indian Consulate in Dubai.
Festivities include concerts, spectacular shows, sparkling gold and jewellery promotions, and the Middle East debut of The Elephant Parade.
But the most interesting act of the day came from the Dubai Police band, who performed India’s National Anthem in a video that went viral.
According to the reports, before the epic fire and laser performance, the police band played ‘Jana Gana Mana’ much to everyone’s surprise.
Indians in the crowd were elated and cheered with huge roars.
Thousands assembled to observe the Diwali festivities which included exceptional firecrackers and a rich laser show showed on moving wellsprings.
The icing on the cake for the crowd was the Indian Diwali dance performance, which was well received by the audience.
Consul-General of India to Dubai Vipul said: “Cultural programmes, fireworks shows, lighting arrangements and food festivals will bring the city alive to the festive fervour of Diwali.
We are always thankful to the leadership of the UAE for being able to celebrate Diwali in a grand manner in Dubai and other cities. This is the best tradition of the relations between our countries.”
Officials said the festival will be celebrated in the “true spirit of the Year of Tolerance”.