Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the major religious festivals in Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism. Observances of Diwali differ depending on region and tradition.
The festival usually lasts 5 days and is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika (between mid-October and mid-November). In 2023, the 5 days of Diwali commence on 10 November.
Prior to travel, all travellers planning on travelling abroad to celebrate Diwali should be advised to consider the following:
The pre-travel consultation provides a good opportunity to check a traveller is up to date with UK schedule vaccines. In the past, large gatherings of people have been responsible for the transmission of highly infectious diseases such as measles and influenza.
All travellers should be given advice and advised to take precautions with:
Arthropod-borne diseases, including malaria, are a potential risk in India.
Excessive alcohol and/or drug use can lead to an increase in risk-taking behaviours which may lead to incidents such as accidents and/or injuries occurring.
The temperature in India can exceed 30’ C.
For further information on disease risks, other health risks and vaccination advice, see the India country page.
Travellers should be advised that if they become unwell in the weeks/months after travel, particularly with a fever, flu-like symptoms, rash and/or diarrhoea, they should seek prompt medical advice, and ensure they mention their travel history to the health professional.