Cultural shows, shopping and delicious food: a Diwali delight
The largest celebration of lights for people of Indian descent across the world, the Diwali festival returns to Bangkok this month with celebrations taking place at two locations: on November 10–12 at EmQuartier shopping mall and on November 17–19 in Phahurat and along the Ong Ang Canal.
The Diwali Festival Bangkok 2023 is regarded as another important festival for the Thai capital and Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt is encouraging everyone, not just Thais of Indian descent, to take part. The festival is being designed to showcase the charm of Bangkok and Thailand while also encouraging spending and promoting tourism.
Bangkok is home to many Thais of Indian descent and is one of the most popular destinations for tourists from India, South Asia and other parts of the world.
This marks the second year that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is collaborating with a network of partners from the public and private sectors, businesses run by Thai-Indian entrepreneurs and Indian groups to host Diwali.
The organisers want to promote diplomatic relations, increase trade opportunities between Thailand and India, and promote coexistence and tolerance among the multicultural society to which Bangkok is home.
Another goal is to promote and breathe new life into the Phahurat Road area, or “Little India” as it is known, and make it a must-visit landmark.
Between November 10 and 12, the Diwali Festival Bangkok is being held on the ground floor of EmQuartier on Sukhumvit Road, an area popular both with Indian residents and tourists and will feature a variety of Thai-Indian cultural activities.
Between November 17 and 19, the Diwali Festival in Bangkok is being organized in Phahurat and along the Ong Ang Canal. The celebration here aims to support local entrepreneurs while celebrating the diversity of the area. Activities include multicultural performances, Bollywood-style lights and sounds, shopping for Indian products from well-known stores and sampling the gustatory delights served up by more than 100 Indian food stalls.