7th November 2018
A beginners guide to Diwali
Who Celebrates Diwali?
Diwali is celebrated by the Hindu and Sikh community.
What is the history of Diwali?
This fabulous 4 minute video from Mocomi tells the story of Ramayan in a way that young and old will enjoy.
Diwali is also a time of worship, particularly of Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth.
How is Diwali celebrated?
Hindu families will wear new clothes, exchange gifts and Indian sweets (and increasingly Greeting Cards too!) and light fireworks. Candles are lit around the home. Prayers are held at home or in local temples, followed by family gatherings and feasts.
Diwali is a new year celebration in the Hindu calendar, and a time to pray to Lakshmi for a prosperous year ahead. Many new business ventures are started at this time of year in India
As in India, Diwali is fast becoming one of the most popular Asian festivals in which greetings cards are exchanged. Awareness of Diwali is also increasing thanks to mainstream television – Diwali has even been celebrated on Eastenders!