Diwali - Festival of Lights 2020

  • Lit Diya lamps celebrating Diwali

12 Nov

to 16 Nov

Diwali is the Indian festival of lights, usually lasting five days and celebrated during the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance"

Celebrating Diwali in Lockdown

Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is celebrated by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs. Like most Hindu celebrations, the whole community can join in – the main way people celebrate is by colourfully decorating their homes and neighbourhoods.

This year, due to the Covid-distancing restrictions, the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy is hosting a virtual Diwali event, with talks from Hindu and Sikh faith advisors, Sanjay Nimavet and Jasmine Sodhi.

Sanjay Nimavet, Hindu Faith Advisor at the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy, said, “The essence of Diwali is to celebrate the victory of good over evil, bring light over darkness, and courage over fear."  

Diwali is also an important time for charity and voluntary work. Poverty, hunger and deprivation is seen as an evil and any practical steps individuals and communities take demonstrate the application of Diwali’s key message.”

The event this year will be raising money for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance as part of the celebrations.

The Virtual Diwali Event

Call for Recipes to celebrate Diwali

This year, Diwali – The Festival of Lights – will need to be celebrated a little differently – but that doesn’t mean the festivities stop.

We are preparing a Family Cultural Cookbook to share with staff and students, and celebrate our diverse cultures throughout the year. 

During the Diwali celebrations, we are asking you to contribute to the Family Cultural Cookbook by sending in your favourite recipes that conjure up happy memories of past Diwali celebrations.

 Please email us with your your recipes, and if you wish, an anecdote as well, and we will publish them in the Cookbook.

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