The festival gets its name from the row of clay lamps that Indians light outside their homes. Photograph by Tapas1978, Dreamstime
People create patterns called rangoli on the floor using colored powders or sand. Photograph by Calee Allen, Dream Families celebrate Diwali with sweet treats. Photograph by Jupiterimages, Photolibrary, Gety Images Bright flowers are a sign of Diwali. Photograph by Photobank, Shutterstock South India celebrate Diwali as the day that Lord Krishna (depicted above) defeated the demon Narakasura. Photograph by Murali Nath, Dreamstime Clay lamps symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness. Photograph by Nah Ting Feng, Dreamstime Diwali is the Indian festival of lights. Photograph by Kaphoto, Dreamstime One of the most significant festivals in Indian culture, Diwali, the festival of lights, sees millions attend firework displays, prayers and celebratory events across the world every autumn.
The festival is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for a variety of reasons, although the main theme which runs throughout is the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. To celebrate, houses are decorated with and huge firework displays are held while families feast and share gifts. What is Diwali? Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. The actual day of Diwali is traditionally celebrated on the festival\’s third day, which this year falls on Thursday, October 23. The festival usually falls between the middle of October and the middle of November, although this is decided upon by the Hindu lunar calendar.
While each faith has its own reason to celebrate the festival, one of the most popular stories told is from exile after defeating the demon king Ravanna in the 15th century BC. How is Diwali celebrated? The festival is marked by large firework displays, to remember the celebrations which, according to the legend, took place upon Rama\’s return as locals set off their own version of fireworks. Those celebrating the festival also light – patterns created on the floor using coloured rice or powder. During Diwali, families and friends share sweets and gifts and there is also a strong belief in giving food and goods to those in need. It is also traditional for homes to be cleaned and new clothes to be worn at the time of the festival. What is eaten during Diwali?
The food most, which come in a range of colours and flavours. The celebration however features various rich savoury and sweet dishes, and while eating out is popular,. Unlike the traditional roast turkey at Christmas, each family celebrating Diwali will more than likely have its own favourite meal for the festival, and the food will most often play a central theme to the celebrations. Where can I celebrate Diwali in the UK? Celebrations will be taking place across the UK this week, although some of the biggest are most often held in Leicester and London. Thousands are expected to turn up to the Diwali Day celebrations in Leicester on Thursday, which will feature hundreds of fireworks, street arts and live entertainment. In the capital meanwhile, large celebrations were held at the Diwali on Trafalgar Square event on Sunday, October 12.