Diwali (/dwli/; Deepavali) (IAST: dpval) or Divali (related to Jain Diwali, Bandi Chhor Divas, Tihar, Swanti, Sohrai, and Bandna) is a festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs.
The festival usually lasts five days and is held during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika (between mid-October and mid-November).
Diwali, one of Hinduism’s most popular festivals, symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.”
Diwali at the Beach Event Planned for Sunday in Little Elm
On Sunday, Oct. 9, State Senator Drew Springer (SD-30) will speak at the opening ceremony of Diwali at the Beach in Little Elm.
“It is an honor to open Diwali at Beach with other elected officials and local leaders,” Senator Springer said in a press release. “The South Asian community is a pillar that supports the entire region of North Texas.” They exemplify the Texas Miracle by employing a large number of small businesses in the area and are deeply involved in the community. I am looking forward to celebrating this holiday with my Little Elm friends and encourage everyone to attend.”
8 Goa Beach Hotels and Villas to Book for Diwali 2022
With the upcoming Diwali long weekend, Goa is at the top of everyone’s Google search list. If you’re looking for the best beachfront places to stay in Goa, we’ve got you covered with this list of the best hotels and hideaways, all with sea views.
If privacy is important to you, this secluded North Goa property an hour’s drive from the airport and accessible via a wooden footbridge across a creek are ideal. The location is kept secret until your booking is confirmed, at which point the Google location coordinates will be sent to you. Elsewhere is an escape in every sense of the word, with only eight keys (five beach houses and three tents, each outfitted with a minibar and other mod cons), a yoga shala under a casuarina tree, plenty of opportunities for birding, turtle-watching, and a range of massages that can be arranged in your room (but you can relax, there’s wi-fi). Meals are served in the dining shack, and the menu includes Goan, Indian, and European dishes. If you prefer a more party atmosphere, the beaches of Baga and Calangute are about 20 minutes away; for a fee, you can book one of the resort’s chauffeur-driven cars. Doubles start at Rs 7,500; the website
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa
This Benaulim property offers 56 acres of pure luxury, including exquisitely appointed rooms, suites, and villas — some with sea views, some with garden views, and some with private plunge pools. You can utilize the 800m of pristine coastline, the many on-site sports facilities (tennis, golf, badminton, etc.), and the excellent Jiva Spa, which offers everything from Ayurvedic treatments and aromatherapy to couples’ massages and body scrubs that smell so good you’d be excused for wanting to eat them. With Miguel Aranjo’s Goan-Portuguese cuisine, Lobster Village’s beachfront grills, and the multicuisine Sala da Pranzo, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to dining. Additionally, some of the villas permit pets. Doubles starting at Rs 26,500; Website
Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa, Goa
The OG luxury stay in the Sunshine State is built on the site of a Portuguese-era fort right by Sinquerim Beach, so you’ll get total relaxation and pampering as well as a bit of history. Any of the rooms will suffice because they are all plush and well-equipped with everything you could possibly need or want (plus those gorgeous sea or garden views). But with the beach, the pool, the in-house restaurants (SFX, the lounge and bar with fort views, Morisco for seafood, the multicuisine Kokum, and the self-explanatory Martini Bar), the range of therapies on offer at Jiva Spa, and adventure activities like rappelling up the fort walls, you might not spend much time in your room anyway. Doubles start at Rs 22,500; the website
Itc Grand Goa, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
This idyllic property, located near Arossim Beach, is designed in the style of an Indo-Portuguese village, with cobblestone paths, red-tiled roofs, tropical gardens, and small lagoons. Choose a lagoon, beach, pool, or garden as your room’s view, but if you want the luxury of private swimming space, book the Lap Pool Suite, which also has a sea view. Tempero (Goan fare), Ottimo Cucina Italiana (traditional Italian, including stone-floor oven pizza and artisanal pasta), and Kebabs & Curries (frontier cuisine) are among the six dining options on-site, which also includes all-day dining and a sea-view bar. And you can work it off in the pool or fitness center. But we won’t judge you if you simply go to Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa for a signature massage or body scrub, followed by a long nap that makes full use of the scientifically researched sleep and pillow menu. Doubles from Rs 26,550; Website
Ahilya by the Sea
This beautiful nine-key property, like its sister concern Ahilya Fort Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh, feels less like a hotel and more like a quietly luxurious, large family home—a family that loves art and has exquisite taste, as evidenced by the stunning paintings and sculptures dotting the rooms. There are two swimming pools: an infinity pool that is best at sunrise or during the day, and a seaside plunge pool surrounded by palm trees that is ideal for a sunset dip. Spend your days fishing, spotting dolphins, exploring Old Goa or sites like Reis Magos Church, and returning for dinner, which is at a different outdoor spot every night, with menus ranging from Goan to French. The next morning, explore the estate’s tropical gardens or book a massage at the spa in a tree tower. Doubles start at Rs 17,200; the website
Fort Tiracol Heritage Hotel
This fort-turned-heritage property perched on a cliff offers breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea and the Tiracol River estuary. The hotel has only seven rooms and suites, giving guests a sense of intimacy. Nonetheless, each room has wi-fi, a 42-inch flat-screen TV, an electronic safe, and a rain shower. Spend your days cruising down the river, fishing, or having a picnic on the beach. The tavern, located back at the hotel, serves Goan-Portuguese cuisine. Christopher Saleem, the renowned chef of Sublime on Morjim Beach, created the menu, which features local, seasonal ingredients. Doubles start at Rs 10,000; the website
This property in North Goa, about 300 meters from Calangute Beach, is home to two villas: Casa Sea – Vista Villa and Casa Sea – Esta Villa. Each villa has five bedrooms, some of which have pool views. While Vista Villa is all about celebrations and large gatherings, Esta features a yoga shala and a Jacuzzi. The hotel also has a spa, fitness center, and steam room, as well as local chefs who prepare authentic homestyle Goan cuisine. Esta Villa costs Rs 1,15,000 per night, while Vista Villa costs Rs 1,25,000 per night.
This Vagator party hotel offers stunning views from almost every space, whether it’s the cliffside global restaurant Rock Pool, which overlooks the water and Chapora Fort, the sea-facing Spice Traders, which serves Asian cuisine, or WOOBAR right on the beach. The hotel has 121 super-plush rooms, suites, and villas, all with a contemporary style and every modern convenience. If you want to venture out, visit Chapora Fort and the Basilica of Bom Jesus, as well as Vagator’s thriving nightlife. Return and make a reservation at the hotel’s AWAY spa for a massage by expert therapists. Rinse and repeat. Doubles start at Rs 19,500; the website