How to celebrate Diwali

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India is famous for its eccentric fairs and festivals, celebrated with great enthusiasm and passion by the people who love their roots.

Today, Sunday 27th October, Diwali, or ‘Festival of light’, was celebrated across the globe by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists.

The holiday takes place every autumn and lasts for a total of five days, triumphing light over darkness and new beginnings.

Since it marks the Hindu new year, this festival emphasises the theme of letting go of the old and making room for the new which is why people buy new clothes and decorate with lights and lively colours.

Likewise, it is also believed that the Hindu goddess Lakshmi who brings prosperity, enters only clean and well-lit homes to bless her devotees with wealth and happiness.

Traditionally, the best way to create a Diwali light display is with Diyas and Rangoli.

Diyas are small candleholders typically made out of clay and usually placed at entrances. Similar to this, Rangoli is a beautiful and colourful flower design made on the floor to welcome guests and attract good luck wherever it is placed.

Let’s not forget that one of the most defining aspects of this celebration is not only the light and bursting colours but also the delicious food.

There is a range of savoury and sweet dishes available; however, Diwali is most known for its sweet treats being exchanged between friends and family while playing cards, bursting firecrackers and watching fireworks.

If you would like to immerse yourself within the beauty of lights and vibrant colours, then make sure to head to The Old Fire Station on Tuesday 29TH October from 18:00- 22:00.

Tickets start from £5 for early birds and go up to £8 on the door.

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Happy Diwali!