Diwali: The Festival of Lights returns

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Today (19th October), sees the return of the Hindu festival Diwali.

Also known as the Festival of Lights, it is recognised all over the world, with communities already beginning their celebrations.

Diwali (also known as Deepavali) originated in India as a celebration of light, in fact the word Diwali comes from ‘eepavali’ meaning row of lamps. It is traditionally celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs, although over the years it has been incorporated into many different cultures around the world.

It is known as the Festival of Lights because in celebration people light many small clay lamps called ‘iyas around their homes to represent the victory of good over evil and to invite good luck and prosperity from the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi and the God Ganesh, who represents good luck, wealth and enlightenment.

Celebrations of the festival involve firework displays and the lighting of candles and diyas. This means that as an ambulance service, we could potentially treat patients presenting with injuries similar to those on Fireworks night.

To all those celebrating Diwali, we wish you a safe and wonderful festival.

Published 19th October, 2017

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