Deepavali is a day for people of all races and religions getting together with lively open houses, fireworks displays, and a wide range of Indian delicacies. About a week prior to the celebration, Hindus conduct a massive spring-cleaning of their homes while lit oil lamps are placed around different areas of the house, especially on the porch and balcony.
Hindu temples all over Malaysia are lavishly decorated with flowers while offerings of fruit and coconut milk are placed at altars by devotees. Some also prepare for this festival by going on a fast or vegetarian diet.
On the morning of Deepavali, many Hindus take an oil bath before heading to the temples for prayers and ceremonial rites. For the rest of the day, they usually open their houses to guests, friends, and neighbours to feast on delicious Indian food such as sweetmeats, rice puddings, and murukku, a type of fried flour cookie.
Wishing all the Hindus out there an advance Happy Deepavali Day.