Celebrating Deepavali: Away From Home

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Deepavali is referred to as the Festival of Lights. Deepavali, like most Malaysian festivals, its a day for people of all races and religions to come together with lively open houses, fireworks displays, and a broad variety of Indian cuisine with family and friends. What if you are studying abroad in a foreign country on your own? Living in a new country and adjusting to a new environment, especially at this prosperous time of year, is undoubtedly difficult. Keeping up with traditions becomes more difficult, especially with the different time zones to which one must adapt.

Anesha, Karthik, and Jothi are three people who live far away from their homeland but continue to keep their family's Deepavali tradition, in their own unique way. Here is how they will be celebrating Deepavali this year.

Over the last 2 years, Anesha, a 25-year-old marine biologist major studying in Hawaii, says it has been difficult to celebrate Deepavali without her family. Anesha explains that she is a family-oriented person and that adjusting to a new lifestyle in a different country was truly life-changing. “Celebrating online virtu