Diwali is the festival of Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of prosperity, wealth and peace. It lasts 5 days, where Hindus fill their homes with clay oil lamps, called Divas, colourful lights and Rangoli pictures to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness. Fireworks are also set off. The Rama and Sita explains why Diwali is celebrated, and why Divas are used during this festival.
Diwali marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year and families will welcome lots of visitors and give and receive presents. They also make artistic Rangoli patterns and place them outside their front door to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.
The houses and streets are decorated with lights, and people attend firework displays and dance shows.
We wish all our Hindu members of staff, students, friends and neighbours a very Happy Diwali and peace and joy for the coming year.