Otherwise known as ‘the festival of lights’, Diwali is India’s biggest annual festival, which arrives on 30 October this year.
Celebrated on a different day each year, the five-day event glorifies good overcoming evil and knowledge triumphing ignorance.
Hindus, Sikhs and Jains join festivities not only in India, but across the world. Colourful lights and designs fill the streets, with music and dancing at the forefront of the celebrations. The focus on the light symbolises good, with as little darkness as possible – since dark symbolises evil.
Gifts are shared between friends, family and those in need as part of the festival and traditional ‘Rangoli artwork’ is created using coloured rice and powder.
This year there’s plenty of ways to celebrate here in the UK.
Manchester celebrated early, with Albert Square hosting the Dashehra Diwali Mela celebration on October 15. Luckily, there are still many other events to participate in across the country.
On 30 October, Leicester will host its own ‘Diwali Day’, when the streets will be closed and thousands will engage in a festival with fireworks and more. Also getting involved is North-west London, which hosts one of Britain’s biggest Diwali and Hindu New Year celebrations.
And if you don’t want to travel, you could even organise your own Diwali celebration and bring the light to your community.