Lights, Eats, and Celebration: What to Do This Diwali 2022 in Hong Kong
October 17, 2022
Also known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali—or “Deepvali”—is a traditional five-day celebration in Indian culture that lauds the defeat of demon-king Ravana by Lord Rama, chronicled in the Hindu legend of “Ramayana.”
Occurring during the lunar month of Kartika, on the evening of the darkest moon, the beautiful festive “diya” clay lamps bringing light and vibrance are simultaneously a source of brightness amongst the blackened skies, as well as a symbol of goodness triumphing over darkness. It is also a time of great generosity, as families will prepare boxed “mithai” sweets, artisanal spices or dried fruits and nuts, or intricate decorative homeware to pass on to friends.
Falling between Oct. 22 and 26 this year, the celebration encompasses praying, family time, good food, gifting, and dressing up to party away. Though each family has their own special way of bonding during the festive occasion, here are a few activities that you can partake in, regardless of creed or background.
Where to Eat
Bengal Bros x Uma Nota
Showcasing the side of Indian fare that's casual yet at the same time incredibly vibrant, Uma Nota and Indian street food vendor Bengal Brothers are combining forces for a feast for one night only on Chotti Diwali, the evening before the big day of prayer right after.
The special limited menu showcases gorgeous Indian flavours with strong familiarity, featuring much-loved dishes like the crunchy Aloo Tikki Chaat drizzled in sweet and sour toppings, Awadhi spice laced Lamb Seekh Kebab, and the crowd-pleasing Mango Phirni pudding dusted in saffron, cardamom, and nuts. Prices begin at HK$490 per person, with a two-hour free flow of cocktails and whiskies at an additional HK$245. Book your seat now by clicking here.
Location: Uma Nota, Upper G/F, 38 Peel St, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2889 7576
As the most important day on the calendar in India, it only serves to go all out! Michelin one-star Chaat, located in Victoria Harbourside luxury hotel Rosewood Hong Kong, is plating up a spread to stun. With a whopping 10-course affair that’s only available on Oct. 24, star chef Manav has prepared mouth-watering delights amongst the likes of Tandoori Quail with ginger and black pepper, Kerala Halibut Polichathu, Lamb Boti Kebab, Methi Kaddu, and more, bookended by Dhokla Ki Chaat and Berry Shrikhand Eton Mess. The dinner is priced at HK$1588 per person, and tables can be booked here.
Location: CHAAT, 5/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, (+852) 3891 8732
For a little bit of Western-influenced flair in your big celebratory meal and the local Hong Kong panorama, head over to Rajasthan Rifles. Perched on the Peak for ultra-extravagant views and offering up a full table fit for a royal, the two exclusive feasts prepped by chef Palash are brimming with delicious eats that are absolutely perfect to dig into with your family and friends.
The robust Ravana menu and the vegetarian Rama menu are available at HK$628 per person and sectioned into Farsan appetisers, sharing mains, and Mithai desserts. Highlights include Methi Poori, Samosas, and Bhujia for all, with meat-lovers enjoying Mutton Ishtew and herbivores delighting in Palak Nadru Kofta Curry. This offer is only available on Oct. 24 so lock in your spots now by clicking here.
Location: Rajasthan Rifles, Shop G01, G/F, The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2388 8874
What to Do
Diwali Family Day at Asia Society
For the best experience, take the time to learn about the rich cultural significance behind Diwali. Working with the Consulate General of India in Hong Kong, Asia Society is hosting an open day with a range of activities to get acquainted with authentic traditions from a genuine perspective. Bop along to the Bollywood dance performances or find your calm in following yoga workshops. There are also stations for storytelling and themed arts and crafts to teach the little ones while engaging their creativity. Register now at this link for one of the two available sessions on the day.
When: 11 AM-1:20 PM & 1:45 PM-4 PM, Oct. 23
Where: Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2103 9511
How much: Free
Diwali Dhamaka at Sound Department
Bright lights also come in the form of wild laser beams set to pulsing Bollywood tunes and hyped-up remixes at Sound Department. Put together by Galabond, this lively bash sets off the festivities to come over the Diwali holidays. Arrive shy of Desi time and enjoy a free flow deal between 10:30 PM and 12:30 AM! Send sparks up in the night by getting lit, snatch up your tickets now via this link.
When: 9 PM onwards, Oct. 20
How much: HK$190
Diwali Bollywood Night at Oma
For those who take preference in music that veers towards the realm of the underground, there’s no better way to spend your pre-Diwali partying than at Oma. Doling out their usual serving of trance, minimal techno, drum and bass, and breakbeat with added heat straight out of New Delhi, Oma lets you welcome the fete by dancing the night away. Tickets are walk-in and include one drink.
When: 11 AM-4 PM, Oct. 23
Where: Oma, LB/F, Harilela House, 79 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2521 8815
How much: HK$100
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