Diwali is the most significant festival in the Hindu calendar, and is also celebrated by Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists. It is the celebration of good over evil, the festival of light and happiness. Diwali follows from the story of when Lord Rama return with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman from 14 years exile from Ayodhya after defeating king Ravana.
Diwali is celebrated by filling the house with lights and creative, colourful rangoli patterns. The day is celebrated with family and friends sharing sweets, gifts and blessing each other with good fortune for the new year.
This year Diwali is taking place on Sunday 30th October. People from all around the world celebrate this auspicious occasion. In India Hindus celebrating Diwali will spring clean their homes and leave the windows and doors open to allow good fortune to enter their home.
In the UK many big cities have huge celebrations and events to celebrate the festival of lights. The biggest Diwali celebrations outside India take place in Leicester, where Belgrave Road is closed for the evening. The lights come on and there is a celebration. Everyone from all backgrounds and cultures joins in to celebrate the eventful evening.
I will be celebrating Diwali with my family in Leicester. We will enjoy lovely food, beautifully decorated homes with lights, rangoli patterns, gifts and fireworks, and share blessings for a prosperous new year with each other.
Next week I will share with you a Diwali inspired craft of rangoli patterns, so keep posted!
If you are celebrating Diwali I wish you a very Happy Diwali and all the best for the New Year.