Celebrating Diwali

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Diwali – the festival of lights – is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains across the world to mark the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.

Taking place over five days, this year’s Diwali Festival starts with Dhanteras on 22nd October and finishes with Bhai Dooj on 26th October. Diwali is the third day of the festival (24th October) and marks Kartik Amavasya – the new moon day of the Kartik month in the Hindu calendar.

Like many people in our local community, Vithiya, our Finance Coordinator, will be celebrating Diwali with family and friends, and has kindly shared what the festival means to her.

“For us, Diwali is the day the demon Narakaasuran was vanquished by Lord Krishna. As a dying wish, Narakaasuran requested that people celebrate his defeat. This wish was granted and is what we now know as Diwali. In short, Diwali (or Deepaavali) marks the triumph of good over evil.

Diwali is a day to have your family members home – especially those who work or live further away.

The preparation for Diwali commences a few days in advance. I prepare sweets, snacks, and food with my mum and we go shopping for new outfits.

On the day, we wear our new clothing, go to temple to pray, and enjoy a tra​​​​​​​ditional festive meal with our family. The food is also shared with friends and neighbours. It is not just about the food or the new clothing, but about coming together as a family. In the evening, firecrackers are lit. This part of the celebrations goes on late into the night.

We also wish our family and friends “Happy Diwali”. This tradition was only created in the last 50 or so years, as family members that live in other countries are unable to make it home for various reasons.

After Diwali, we pay a visit to other close relatives, especially our elders. Since most of my close relatives are in other countries, nowadays it is a phone call.”​​​​​​​

To all those within our community that will be celebrating, “Happy Diwali”. May the warmth and brightness of Diwali lights shine on you all year.

Throughout Diwali Festival, our Quiet Room will be decorated with lights in recognition of this important religious occasion. We hope this will create a safe space for our colleagues, patients, family members, and other visitors, to recognise Diwali in the whatever way they choose.