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Diwali Traditions: Connecting to Family in India

The festival of lights, Diwali, is one of India’s most important holidays, celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, Sikhs, and secular people, too.

The people of India celebrate Diwali in a wide variety of ways, depending on family traditions and regional customs. Timed according to the lunar calendar, the holiday this year will be on Wednesday, November 7, with five-day festivals running from November 5 through November 9.

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Holiday decorations typically include lanterns, marigolds, and brightly colored drawings called rangoli. Despite the various ways of celebrating, the Chicago Tribune said that the one thing all regions tend to agree on is that food is a big part of Diwali celebrations. The Guardian agreed, saying, “Diwali is a vibrant, colourful, joyous celebration expressed through the medium of food.”

The food of Diwali is also a form of socializing with snacks shared during visits to neighbors and family. One popular sweet confectionary during Diwali are gulab jamun, which are syrup-coated donut holes that can be served warm with ice cream. Another holiday treat is dahi vada, which are deep-fried balls of lentils and spices that are served with yogurt.

The Importance of Family During Diwali

Celebrating the festival of lights is strongly connected to the importance of family. However, the reality of today’s Diwali celebrations is that your family may be living far away in different cities, states, or countries.

With Ooma Telo phone service, it’s easy and affordable to reach out to your loved ones. Users can access their phone service through a landline-style home phone or by using the free calling app.

Not only is Ooma a great alternative to traditional phone plans, but international calling rates are just pennies per minute.

When using Ooma to call India, it costs only 2.9 cents per minute to reach the country’s landlines and mobile phone numbers. These affordable rates are available with both your Ooma home phone or through the Ooma calling app. Whether you’re working around your busy schedule or planning your calls according to the time difference, Ooma’s app gives you the tools you need to stay connected with family and friends living in India.

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Keep in mind that Ooma phone service transmits calls over your internet connection, so mobile app users should make calls when connected to Wi-Fi to avoid data usage charges through their cellular providers.

Unlimited International Calling to India

For making frequent international calls to India, Ooma users can take advantage of unlimited international calling plans that include unlimited talk to locations around the globe.

The Ooma World Plan costs only $9.99 per month for the first year and includes unlimited minutes to landlines in over 60 countries and to mobile phones in over 10 countries. For even more global access, the Ooma World Plus plan includes unlimited calling to landlines in over 70 countries and to mobile phones in over 40 countries for only $25.99 per month.

Both plans include unlimited calls to landlines and cell phones in India. When deciding which plan is right for you, review the country lists to assess which is better suited to your international calling needs.

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Using Ooma When Traveling to India

If you’re traveling to India to celebrate Diwali, you can bring your Ooma phone service with you by using the free calling app.

Your overseas trip won’t require that you swap your phone’s SIM card or use other methods of accessing phone service while traveling. With Ooma, all you’ll need is an internet connection and you’ll be able to make calls as you ordinarily would in the U.S., using your same phone number.

All calls to the U.S. are free, no matter where you’re located, and calls to India’s phone numbers will be charged the same rates as when you were in the U.S.

Additionally, Ooma Premier customers have the advantage of being able to both make and receive calls with the app. Therefore, not only can you use the Ooma app to place calls confirming your travel itinerary, but you can also receive calls from friends who may not be aware that you’re traveling.

Learn more about how Ooma’s international calling plans can help you make affordable calls to India.

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Dennis Peng

Dennis is the vice president of product management and technical advisory board member of Ooma and is responsible for creating an intuitive, compelling user experience. Prior to joining Ooma, Dennis worked at Cisco Systems for 11 years where he began his career as a customer support engineer. He later joined the Escalation Team where he focused on fixing the most technically challenging problems, as well as supporting the design, rollout and operations of the largest remote access and broadband aggregation networks worldwide. He was honored with the title of Distinguished Support Engineer because of his expertise in networking protocols, isolating and fixing highly complex issues, and leadership among his peers. Dennis holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

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