Diwali is finally here again! We have waited all year for this magical festival to come around and you can feel the excitement in the crowded and bustling markets as everybody gets ready to buy sumptuous gifts for their family and friends. Diwali can be translated as “row of lights” and during the festival homes and streets are decorated with small clay oil lamps (diyas) and glowing electric lights. The light bursting through the Autumn darkness symbolises the essence of the festival which is Lord Rama’s return home and victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, joy over despair.
- Giving joy and gifts to our loved ones
- Inviting prosperity into our lives for the next year with our Lakshmi puja
- Enjoying the creativity of making rangolis for all to admire
- Walking through the streets and gazing in wonderment at the lights sparkling and twinkling through the darkness of the night
- The subtle, sweet smell of the jasmine night flowers permeating the air and adding to the magic
- Children excitedly burning crackers and squealing with delight and amazement
- Playing cards with our friends and family until the early hours while merriment is had by all
- And of course, eating our body-weight in sweets!