Foreign tourists celebrate eco-friendly Diwali in Konark

Puri: Not only the residents in Odisha, but some foreign nationals here on a brief sojourn celebrated the festival of light ‘Diwali’ with much pomp and gaiety at a resort on Puri-Konark marine drive on Tuesday.

Around 30 foreign tourists from Russia and eight different countries across the world gathered at the resort in Puri-Konrak marine drive and lit diyas and celebrated Diwali in traditional style.

Expressing his happiness over the arrangements made for Diwali celebration here, a foreign tourist said, “We would love to come here again to celebrate this beautiful festival. From the bottom of our heart, we thank people here for their hospitality,” said a foreign tourist.

The foreign nationals lit diyas and shared sweets among each other.

Another tourist said, “Since last nine years, we have been celebrating Diwali in Konark. Our message is to celebrate eco-friendly Diwali without burning crackers and live with peace and harmony.”

“We have been celebrating Diwali in a unique way since the last nine years and the footfall of foreign tourists is increasing every year. It is aimed at celebrating eco-friendly Diwali, keeping the environment pollution free and to maintain environmental balance,” the organiser, Bharat said.

Later the tourists enjoyed the traditional music of Odisha.