Celebrate Diwali in London: The Festival of Light and Triumph

The meaning if Diwali

So what exactly is Diwali

Diwali marks the triumph of good over evil.

According to Hindu mythology, the Hindu God Rama returned from a 14-year exile and defeated the evil God, Ravana. During those 14 years of exile, it said the people were in a dark place.

When Rama returned, the people had started spring cleaning, the dawn of a new beginning, lighting lamps, fires, and candles. The festival of light, as it became to celebrate the goodness of light overcoming the evil of darkness.

It is very much a time for giving and exchanging gifts, redecorating homes and even buying new cloths.

Hinduism good over evil diwali
Hinduism good over evil Diwali

What does Diwali mean for Sikhs

Diwali for Sikhs is an important time for celebration, as they celebrate the release from prison, in 1619 the 6th Guru Hargobind along side 52 other princes.

The fourth Mughal Emperor Jahangir, who ruled from 1605 to 1627, was asked to release Hargobind and the princes. He agreed with one catch, only those princes that could hold his cloak tail would be permitted to walk from prison free. The Guru Hargobind, had a cloak made with 52 pieces of string attached, therefore allowing all the princes a path to freedom.

What does Diwali mean for Jains

For those unfamiliar with the ancient religion of Jainism, Jainism teaches us that the way towards a life of liberation and bliss is to follow a life of harmlessness and renunciation.

Diwali is an important time for Jainism as it marks the anniversary of Nirvana, the doctrine and goal of salvation or liberation of Mahavira’s soul, Jainism celebrate the 24th Tirthankar of Jainism 2,500 years ago

Where does the name Diwali come from

The name Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word Dipavali, which meaning translates to a row of lights. Diwali is after all, known as the festival of light.

During the Festival, shops, houses, and other spaces are decorated with small lantern lights called Diyas. These lamps are arranged in rows and where traditionally fuelled with mustard oil.

When is Diwali

Diwalia takes place between October and November each year and is decided by the Hindu Lunar Calendar. The Diwali destivities begin, 2 days befor the new moon or dark moon (Ashwina) and ends on the second day of the lunar month (Kartika)

Put these Diwali dates in your calendar now – 2020 to 2030

2020 November 14Saturday
2021 November 4Thursday
2022 October 24Monday
2023 October 12Sunday
2024 November 1Friday
2025 October 21Tuesday
2026 November 8Sunday
2027 October 29Friday
2028 October 17Tuesday
2029 November 5Monday
2030 October 26Saturday

Sights and Sounds from Diwali 2019 celebrations in London’s Trafalgar the year before Covid-19

Sites and sounds from Diwali celebrations in London, pre covid-19 times. Remember the Good will triumph over evil

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