Diwali – By Aneekka

Diwali means “festival of lights”. Diwali is an Indian festival which is celebrated in autumn for the northern hemisphere and in spring for the southern hemisphere. Diwali is arguably the most important festival in Hinduism.

Where do people get a holiday for Diwali?

People get a holiday in several countries including Fiji, Guyana, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

The History Of Diwali

Diwali started in the ancient times in India. Diwali happened after a festival after the summer harvest in the Hindu calendar month of Kartika. The festival is written in Sanskrit scriptures such as the Padma Purana, the Skanda Purana. These were both finishes in the second half of the first millennium AD. The lamps represent the  sun, the cosmic giver of light and energy to all life.

How do people celebrate Diwali in the UK?

People celebrate with great enthusiasm. They clean  and decorate their homes with lamps and candles. A popular type of candle is a diya. People also give each other sweets such as laddoo and barfi, and the different communities may gather for a religious ceremony and get-together. It is also an important time to contact family in India and perhaps exchange gifts.

This year Diwali will happen on 30th October 2016.

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