Diwali is a festival of lights that symbolizes the true spirit of Indian culture. Being termed the “Festival of lights”, Diwali witnesses mass gatherings for celebrating a religious occasion amid prayers, good wishes, and display of fireworks. The season of autumn observes the real spirit of festivities marked by a series of celebratory events.
When do the Diwali celebrations begin?
Diwali is a festival marking the triumph over darkness or evil and is celebrated by the followers of Hinduism all around the globe. It’s rightly called the festival of lights and has even gained immense popularity among the Jains and Sikhs. The traditional celebrations of Diwali are held on the third day of this festival. It falls on Wednesday, November 7th as the lunar calendar of the Hindu religion.
How is Diwali celebrated?
A great display of fireworks is associated with this festival to commemorate celebrating the legend of Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana, the king of Lanka. The locals have set off different mythical stories on the reasons behind such display of fireworks. Apart from utilizing Rangoli artworks for decorating entrances, certain traditional earthen lamps (diyas) are placed to lighten every corner of a house. Other colorful lights and candles are placed to add more to the bright night sky. Colored power or rice is used to create patterns of Rangoli artwork all over the place. Gifts and sweets are exchanged between neighbors and loved ones just to ensure a strong bonding of brotherhood. It’s even customary for every home to be cleaned as a part of this festival. Wearing new clothes is also a popular custom while taking part in these celebrations.
How to fulfill your culinary desires during Diwali?
The Diwali celebrations are marked by sweet dishes a plethora of rich savory. Indian sweetmeats are very close to hearts as they lighten up your spirit with a range of flavors and colors. Most families find a reason to unite and lend support in cooking a few popular delicacies at home. However, if you follow an extremely busy schedule at work, you may explore a few unique recipes shelled out by even the traditional eateries in town. Your guests are bound to be captivated by your stock of fireworks once they arrive for exchanging gifts!
Depending on the tastes and preferences, every family has its own pick on festive cuisines for Diwali. It’s not exactly like roasting the prize turkey at Christmas! The celebrations are mostly planned around a theme based on traditional food.
How to celebrate Diwali in the UK
Diwali celebrations are bound to be witnessed all across the UK during this week. Few of the biggest arrangements of this festival are seen in London and Leicester. Thousands of participants are likely to throng the streets of Leicester during the festivities. The residents are bound to enjoy a great show of fireworks besides attending live events and street exhibitions. The Capital city won’t be left behind as much larger masses of followers gather at Trafalgar Square to celebrate this auspicious occasion.
Both for the young and old, Diwali conveys a new message of hope and wellness. For those that are away from their native places, Diwali conveys a message of peace and harmony!