Posted on 15th November, 2017

Festival of Lights

Diwali is perhaps the most well-known of the Hindu festivals.

The word Diwali means 'rows of lighted lamps'. Diwali is known as the 'festival of lights' because houses, shops and public places are decorated with small earthenware oil lamps called diyas

Celebrating Diwali

For many Indians this five day festival honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

People start the new business year at Diwali, and some Hindus will say prayers to the goddess for a successful year.

Lamps are lit to help Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, find her way into people's homes.

They also celebrate one of the Diwali legends, which tells of the return of Rama and Sita to Rama's kingdom after fourteen years of exile.

In Britain, as in India, the festival is a time for:

  • spring-cleaning the home,
  • wearing new clothes
  • exchanging gifts (often sweets and dried fruits) and preparing festive meals
  • decorating buildings with fancy lights.
  • huge firework displays often celebrate Divali.

In India Hindus will leave the windows and doors of their houses open so that Lakshmi can come in. Rangoli are drawn on the floors - rangoli are patterns and the most popular subject is the lotus flower.

Article by http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion/hinduism/diwali.shtml


Diwali at SLM AUL

Diwali was celebrated on Sunday the 22nd of October 2017, with even more fun-filled activities than the previous one.

We continued with the community fortunes style game with more fun questions such as why a husband may buy his wife flowers, with the top answer being an apology - this was then discussed in by everyone where some said if that was the case they would always be buying flowers.

There were also other activities which we had played as well such as bingo and new game all about old and current Bollywood songs.

The Bollywood song quiz was another great success with everyone being able to take part and showcase their musical talent, joining together for a great sing-a-long.


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