27 October 2019 12:36
Celebrations will be taking place all across the globe (Picture: Getty Images) If you're looking for an October festivity that isn't quite as dark and spooky as Halloween, you couldn't get a greater contrast than Diwali. Known as Diwali, Deepavali or Dipavali, the festival is celebrated from today, Sunday 27 October. What is the festival celebrating and how long does it last? Diwali is a Hindu festival, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. It is commonly referred to as the festival of lights since a lot of the celebrations involve big, bold displays of light and colour.
The term dipavali comes from the Sanskrit meaning 'row or series of lights.' As well as symbolising the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance, Diwali is often associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity. How do people celebrate Diwali? Those celebrating the festival will typically decorate their homes with lights and rangolis, elaborate patterns made out of materials including rice, coloured sand and flowers. There's usually big celebrations in big towns and cities across the world, where there will be fireworks, light displays, dancing and food – which Shoreditch's Dishoom did exceptionally well this year. The capital will come to life with colour and celebrations (Picture: Rex features) The festival usually lasts up to five days, coinciding with the new moon on the Hindu lunar calendar, called Amavasya.
The five-day festival will see temples, shops, homes and other buildings lit up to honour the holiday, with the third day carrying a special significance. But how is Diwali traditionally celebrated in the United Kingdom? The Festival of Lights is celebrated in a number of exciting and colourful ways. Firstly, however, the run-up to the big day will have seen the renovation, cleaning and decorating of the homes of worshippers to prepare for the celebrations. Worshippers usually participate in festival events and street parties, with a focus on special snacks and delicacies and snacks for the holiday.
The most vital component, however, is the lighting of the traditional candles or earthen diyas for the celebration. Due to the focus on colours and lights, also expect there to be fireworks, lamps, lanterns, and street lights as the light is used to symbolise the victory of good over evil. And that's always a cause worth celebrating! It is also used as worship to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Diwali 2019 falls on Sunday, October 27, 2019. How are you celebrating Diwali? Diwali begins on Sunday, October 27 and lasts for five days, celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival of lights is celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere and is one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism. Happy Diwali: WhatsApp Stickers and best Facebook wishes to send TODAY Diwali 2019: Why do we celebrate Diwali? Diwali is also known as Deepavali or Dipavali, a word which comes from the Sanksrit word dipavali meaning "row or series of lights". The festival lasts five days and explores themes of forgiveness, joy, knowledge as well as the goddess of wealth - Lakshmi. The overarching theme of Diwali is one of the triumphs of good over evil. Across India and around the world, Hindus, Jains and Sikhs decorate their houses with bright colours and dazzling lights. Read More: Diwali 2019: What are the best wishes and greetings for Dhanteras? A gamut of Bollywood stars such as Amitabh Bachchan, Karan Johar, Priyanka Chopra, Kajol and Rishi Kapoor took to their social media on Sunday to wish their fans and followers peace, prosperity and fulfilment on Diwali. This is what the celebrities have tweeted: Amitabh Bachchan: Diwali greetings to all.. peace prosperity and fulfilment. Rishi Kapoor: "Diwali ki shubh kaamnayen sabhi ko!" Happy Diwali! Akshay Kumar: Celebrating Diwali with the team. It's the happiest time of the year, when the clothes are bright and the smiles even brighter! Wishing you all a very safe and #HappyDiwali Karan Johar: #HappyDiwali to all of you and to all your families and loved ones! Lots of love and light... Lots of positivity and good health. Priyanka Chopra: Happy Diwali to everyone celebrating. Happy Diwali to one and all. Nimrat Kaur: Wishing everyone a beautiful, bright Diwali with nothing but love and light all around you and all your loved ones. Please say no to crackers and fireworks...and say yes only to lots of mithai and joy and all the happy calories that come along with it!! Huma Qureshi: Happy Diwali "doston!! Here is wishing you all a very Happy, Prosperous and Peaceful Dawali. May God give you all the happiness in the world. " to everyone, love, light, peace and brotherhood. Boman Irani: Celebrate this Diwali with diyas over crackers! Wishing all my loved people a very Happy Diwali from the Iranis! Adnan Sami: Wishing everyone a very #HappyDeepavali with "duas", love, light and peace always! Mallika Sherawat: Wishing everyone a very happy Diwali #HappyDiwali. Armaan Malik: It's that time of the year when we need to let go of the negative energies that hold us back. Everything around you lights up when you let that light inside of you shine bright. Neil Nitin Mukesh: Happy Diwali to all. Madhur Bhandarkar: May the divine light of Diwali shine with peace, prosperity, happiness and good health in our life. Ashoke Pandit: May the lights of Diwali diyas fill your home with wealth, happiness, and everything that brings you joy! Wish you and your entire family a very happy Diwali! May this Diwali bring cheer and happiness into your life and life of your loved ones!