Diwali – the festival of light

Photo: Dennis M. Andrews de paul
Photo: Dennis M. Andrews de paul

This weekend sees the start of the Religious festival Diwali.

Diwali is known as the festival of lights. The lighting of lamps is all important symbolising good over evil.

The Hindu faith believes that the world of darkness represents ignorance and evil, whereas light shows knowledge and good. 

Light is seen as the destruction of darkness, destroying the evil of the world as the power can light up the darkest of all places this is represented with the lamps.

The festival starts officially on Saturday October 17,  and the celebration last ten days and finally comes to a close on what is known as Bhai Dooj which is the day celebrating brothers and sisters.

Some of the most popular ways to celebrate the festival are the use of fireworks and firecrackers, widely used on the eve of Diwali; the handing out of sweets; the lighting of lamps and large feasts with family, friends and religious peers.

The festival is being celebrated at the Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher education on October 22 for the thrid year running.

The celebrations will include Bangra Dancing, Indian food, Indian Karaoke and a fireworks display.