14 November 2020 02:34
Despite the limitations of the pandemic, some Diwali events will go ahead this year, just in a different form than normal. What is Diwali? Diwali, a five-day festival of lights, celebrates a number of themes, including joy, forgiveness, knowledge, the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, and the legend of Rama and Sita. Put simply, the festival represents the triumph of good over evil. Hindus, Sikhs and Jains both in India and across the world usually take part by decorating houses and public spaces with thousands of lights, candles and colourful designs.
As well as the bright colours and glittering lights, there's music, dancing, delicious food and a cresting wave of community feeling. This year however, with the advent of Covid-19, Diwali celebrations will look somewhat different. Though some parts of the festival will still be possible – the ritual of cleaning and decorating your home, dressing up and creating light displays – the more social aspects will be impacted by distancing rules.