10 November 2023

Image of Festival of Light

Diwali, also Dipawali, is one of the most significant, and largest, holiday in India. The festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians. It derives its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) placed outside homes and temples to symbolise, and rejoice in, the protection of inner light against spiritual darkness and negative energies.

Diwali is also enjoyed by Sikhs and non-Hindu communities, growing to become a worldwide ‘Festival of Light’ for many people and religions around the world.

To celebrate, KS3 students were invited to an afternoon of culture and craft providing an in depth look into who observes Diwali and why. They also made decorations, crafting, cutting, chatting and laughing, to spread awareness further, and the light wider, to others outside of Hinduism and Sikhism.

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