Happy Diwali!

Did you know Diwali is on Sunday 27 October this year?

What is Diwali?

Diwali also known as Deepavali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists across the world. The festival celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. The festival usually falls between the middle of October and the middle of November, although this is decided upon by the Hindu lunar calendar. While each faith has its own reason to celebrate the festival, the festival represents the same symbolic victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil. One of the most popular stories told is the legend of Lord Rama and his wife Sita returning to their kingdom in northern India from exile after defeating the demon king Ravanna in the 15th century BC.

How is Diwali celebrated?

The festival is marked by large firework displays, to remember the celebrations which, according to the legend, took place upon Rama’s return as locals set off their own version of fireworks. Those celebrating the festival also light traditional earthen divas (candles) and decorate their houses with colourful rangoli artworks – patterns created on the floor using coloured rice or powder. During Diwali, families and friends share sweets and gifts and overindulge. It is also traditional for homes to be cleaned and new clothes to be worn at the time of the festival.

Is Diwali the same time in other countries?

Based on the moon it may vary in days and weeks but is typically celebrated the same time across different countries.

Can anyone celebrate Diwali?

Yes! Anyone can celebrate Diwali as long as you enjoy eating and drinking plenty, as well as watching mind-blowing firework displays.

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