This week was Diwali or the Festival of light; this is an Ancient Hindu festival and is a very significant date in the Indian calendar it also coincides with the Hindu New year. It is celebrated by followers of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism Each of these religions has its own different reason’s to celebrate the festival however a popular believe is from The legend of Lord Rama and his wife Sita returning to their kingdom from exile after defeating the demon king Ravanna in the 15th century BC. It is celebrated today with large Fire work displays which signify the fireworks let off on Lord Rama’s return. The festival is on the darkest day of the new moon symbolises victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness.
The word “Deepawali” refers to rows of diyas, or clay lamps which are used to decorate their homes, this is traditionally a time to clean the home top to bottom and to take a special oil bath to be cleansed and wear new clothes. This is also a time in which many families give presents to one another and share sweets; it is also traditional to give food and clothing to those in needs during this time period.