Diwali is an annual five-day ‘festival of lights’ celebrated during the Hindu month of Kartika.
Although the date of Diwali changes annually, the five-day festive period is usually observed between mid-October and mid-November to mark the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. These sentiments are illustrated in the various ways Diwali is celebrated by the different religions who observe the festive period. Although celebratory traditions include the lighting of diyas (oil lamps) on streets and inside homes, prayers, setting off fireworks, as well as family feasts with the sharing of sweets and gifts; the different religions also honour different historical events personal to them. By way of illustration, Hindus celebrate the return of deities Rama and Sita from their 14-year exile; Jains celebrate the teachings and contributions of Lord Mahavir, who encouraged compassion and equity for all living beings, while Sikhs celebrate the fight for equality and human rights in honouring the release of Hargobind Singh (the sixth Guru) and 52 princes from prison.
In the spirit of celebration, let us all get involved with the brilliant array of events occurring during this period in Liverpool, in neighbouring cities and even virtually. Milap, the UK’s leading Indian Arts and Culture company are hosting a week-long programme of events including several concerts. Head down to Liverpool Town Hall for an incredible FREE light installation and digital display accompanied by an Indian and Bollywood inspired soundtrack. Or, have a go at baking some delicious Diwali treats! Have a look through the links below for ideas on how to celebrate Diwali this year and make sure to let us know how you will be or have been celebrating Diwali this year! Happy Diwali everyone!
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