Happy Diwali!

Happy Diwali to all our care workers, support staff and clients who will be celebrating the festival.

What is Diwali?

Diwali is an important festival for those who follow the Hindu, Sikh, and Jain religions. It also known as the ‘festival of lights’ as families light candles and traditional oil lamps in their homes.

When is Diwali?

The date for Diwali changes every year because it is based on the Hindu lunar calendar. It usually falls sometime between October and November and this year Diwali is on Monday 24 October.

Why is Diwali celebrated?

For Hindus, the festival celebrates the ancient legend of Lord Rama, and his triumph over of the evil spirit Ravana.

For Jains, Diwali is the day when the Lord Mahavira, attained nirvana (enlightenment).

For Sikhs, Diwali celebrates the victory of their sixth guru, Guru Hargobind, who escaped imprisonment from an Emperor in 1619.

The overall meaning of Diwali, for all, is the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and wisdom over ignorance.

How is Diwali celebrated?

Diwali is celebrated with religious worship; the sharing of traditional Indian sweets and food; exchanging gifts; fireworks displays; and the lighting of candles.

We would like to wish a “Happy Diwali” to all those who will celebrating the festival of lights on Monday. Enjoy the celebrations!