Diwali festival, India

Date: 
Saturday, November 14, 2020 (All day)
Event Details: 

Indias biggest festival is a religious celebration of the victory of good over evil. Diwali is also a time for self-observation, to reflect and dispel the darkness of ignorance. Millions of earthenware oil lamps light up the entire country. The 5-day festival is celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs and varies per region. Typically day 1 involves cleaning homes, gold is purchased and games are played. Day 2 Rangoli art is created and hung in doorways, demon effigies are burnt. The 3rd day the famous lamps are lit, fireworks let off and families gather and perform Lakshmi Puja. Food is offered to Krishna and this marks Annakut – the new year. The final day is for siblings, where brothers commonly give gifts to their sisters. Throughout the festival worshipping and offerings take place. Not just celebrated in India, London and Leicester also see large festivities of this warm and happy occasion.