Diwali celebrations

Diwali celebrations

As Black History Month draws to a close next week, the start of another festival is celebrated: Diwali. Read more about it and the BME Network's plans.

What is Diwali?

The celebrations of Diwali - the four-five day-long Festival of Lights - will bring a warm and pretty glow to cities across the UK and around the world this autumn. This festivity, also written as Dipavali, Deepawali and similar variations, is celebrated by the Hindu community. The word means 'rows of lamps.' It is also observed by Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists.

While each faith has its own reason to celebrate the festival, one of the most popular stories told is the legend of Lord Rama and his wife Sita returning to their kingdom in northern India from exile, after defeating the demon king Ravanna in the 15th century BC. During Diwali, families and friends come together to share sweets and gifts. The celebrations also involve lighting traditional earthen diyas (candles) and people decorate their houses with colourful rangoli artworks; patterns created on the floor using coloured rice or powder.

Dorothy Hosein, Interim Chief Executive said: 

"As the nights start to draw in and we head towards autumn and winter, we will soon be glad of some illumination to brighten the gloom. Diwali, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

I would like to send my best wishes to everyone celebrating Diwali within EEAST and wish them a 'Shubh Diwali'."

The Trust and BME Network have been engaging with communities in Bedford, to celebrate Diwali and to promote the career opportunities available at EEAST. The next event will be held in Luton on the 26th October, which Dorothy will also be attending: ww.diwaliinluton.co.uk

Published 24th October 2019

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