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Happy Diwali to all

November 14, 2020 10:05 AM
By Shirley Niblock


Diwali is the five-day Festival of Lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains to honour Rama.

He returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he and Hanuman fought and won a battle against the demons and their King Ravana who had kidnapped Rama's wife Sita.

In the story of Diwali, diyas are used to light the way for Rama and Sita's return home. A Diwali Diya is a small lamp that is lit especially at Diwali (New Year's in India) Diyas are typically made of clay with Ghee or oil used as the fuel and cotton wool as the wick.

Typical Diwali traditions include family and friends gathering to light lamps (diyas) and fireworks, exchanging gifts and sharing food. This year, due to Coronavirus, families will be celebrating remotely. Many temples and communities are putting on services through zoom and facebook, giving people ways to feel connected to their loved ones.

Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. 2020 has been a dark year for many of us, and Diwali's message that light will triumph in the end is of comfort for us all.

On behalf of the Liberal Democrats I'd like to wish everyone celebrating a joyous Diwali!