Posted Wednesday 3rd November 2021
Diwali is India’s most important festival of the year which celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil. Sometimes also called the festival of lights, Diwali is celebrated over five days and marks the start of the new year in the Hindu calendar. This year Diwali will start on Thursday 4 November. See below what Diwali means to our Litigation Associate, Jayneil.
As a family, we normally visit the Hare Krishna Temple in Watford for evening prayers, followed by a gathering of our family and friends at home. The evening meal consists of variety of different types of food and far too many Indian sweets. The day usually ends with all the family making their way out the garden to light fireworks and sparklers (weather permitting). We also as a sign of respect touch our elders’ feet and ask for their blessings and maybe if I’m lucky, I am passed envelopes of money.
This year, we will be celebrating Diwali in this way which we couldn’t do last year due to Covid.
Diwali is a special time for my family and I, it always reminds me of the battles our gods faced and that no matter how difficult things might seem, that good always wins in the end.
It is also a time for our family to come together and to celebrate our traditions and to share with each other our dreams and aspirations for the year ahead.
My favourite dish has to the “puri” which is a deep-fried flatbread served with a potato curry, followed by “magas” a traditional Indian sweet. This is washed down with my drink of choice “Lassi”, which is a drink made up of yogurt, milk and salt, topped off with a few spices.
My favourite part about Diwali are the celebrations that happen over the 5-day festive period with family and friends, as well as the extravagant firework displays.
Diwali is not just celebrated by Hindus but also by other religions such as Sikhism, Jainism and Buddhism.
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