The festive season in the UK is pretty much in full swing. We at TJC have a very strong connection with India, and it’s here that another big celebration is happening! Diwali.
With a good population of Indians settled in the UK and of course the strong Indian ties at TJC, we’re sure you must have seen Diwali celebrations when out and about. But what is the story behind this festival and the things that Indians do on this day, let’s check out?
It’s like Christmas and Bonfire night rolled into one
Diwali is the biggest and the most awaited religious celebration in India – just like we have Christmas in the UK. Gifts are exchanged and guests are welcomed. Diwali celebrates the safe return of Lord Rama (then King Rama of Ayodhya) from a long exile by lighting up the whole city and by bursting firecrackers.
Goddess Lakshmi is welcomed into homes
In the days leading up to Diwali, homes and offices alike are thoroughly cleaned and decorated to welcome the Goddess Lakshmi – the goddess of fertility and prosperity. Prayers are offered in the evening before the celebratory fireworks begin.
Diwali – otherwise known as the Festival of Lights
Diwali spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. To mark and celebrate this victory thousands of candles, earthen lamps and lights illuminate homes, businesses, temples, and neighbourhoods.
But what’s the date?
Unlike Christmas, Halloween or Bonfire night, Diwali is celebrated on the night of the darkest new moon. So sometimes in October or even November! This year, Diwali was celebrated on Sunday, October 30.
Diwali is all about grandeur and exuberance for the Indians. Have you ever had a chance to experience this elaborate affair? If yes, do let us know in the comments below and if not, we suggest you plan your trip to India at that time to enjoy this unparalleled extravaganza.