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DIWALI 2019 (FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS)

WHAT: DIWALI 2019 (FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS)
WHERE: CELEBRATED ALL OVER INDIA, ASIA & CELEBRATED ALL AROUND THE UK
WHEN: SUNDAY 27TH OCTOBER 2019
COST: FREE EVENT

Diwali is known by many names including the festival of lights, the festival of lamps, Deepavali plus many more. This is a religious festival which is mainly celebrated by Hindus, to mark the return of Lord Rama who defeated the demon lord and returned to the village after 14 years in exile. The festival is also observed by Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists, but for these religions, the celebrations are inspired by different historical or mythical events. All Diwali festivals represent similar victories and symbols of knowledge over ignorance, light over dark and good over evil.

The date of the festival tends to change year upon year as the main festival of lights takes place during the darkest night in the month of Kartik (which is the 7th month of the Bikram Sambat calendar) which runs from 18th October to 15th November.

Widely celebrated over Northern, Eastern and Western India, the significance of Diwali varies regionally; the preparations and rituals for the festival typically last 5 days and the climax and main day for the celebration is on the third day.

Houses, temples, and workplaces are decorated with thousands of lights known as ‘diyas’ along with colourful garlands. Another traditional part of the celebrations is firecrackers, bonfires and of course our favourite fireworks. The Diya’s are the small clay receptacles that contain oil. The oil is said to represent all the bad of humankind; greed, avarice, jealousy, hatred and lust and the cotton wick represents the soul, which by burning the body and spirit are cleansed.

As well as across India, today you will see Diwali celebrated in several towns and cities across the UK like Belfast, Edinburgh, Leicester, and London. One of the biggest celebrations outside of India takes place in the UK City of Leicester. Attracting crowds of over 35,000, people of all faiths head to the heart of the City on Belgrave Road to witness and take part in a street party like no other.

The light switch on brings the aptly named golden mile to life as over 6,000 lights twinkle against the night sky. during the daytime there is a buzz in the air as Bollywood dancers roam around, the streets are lined with colourful stalls of jewellery and clothing, or why not tickle your taste buds and indulge in some of the best food on offer from the country’s finest Indian restaurants. Witness the spectacular fireworks display lighting up the skies above the golden mile bringing the Diwali celebration to an end with a bang.

Alternatively, if you fancy having a Diwali celebration of your own,  why not visit our website and take look at the fantastic packages and fireworks we have on offer.

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DIWALI 2018

WHAT: DIWALI 2018
WHY: INDIAN RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL
WHERE: ACROSS THE GLOBE
WHEN: WEDNESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER 2018
COST: FREE

The Indian Festival of Diwali (aka Deepavali/Lamp Festival or Festival of Light) is primarily a Hindu Festival which is also observed by Sikhs and Jains.  The festival marks the return of Lord Rama, who was the 7th re-incarnation of the God Vishnu, from a 14-year exile in the Hindu faith.

This event is celebrated by a staggering 800 million people worldwide and with India being one of the most populated countries on the planet, this comes as no surprise.

The Festival of Light is celebrated on the darkest night in the month of Kartik (which is the 7th month of the Bikram Sambat calendar) which runs from 18th October to 15th November.

Over in India, the homes, temples and streets are decorated with colourful lights called Diyas and garlands of marigolds.  Another part of the traditional celebrations includes fireworks or firecrackers; most of which are made in the town of Sivaski in Tamil Nadu.  Diwali runs for 5 days, but most of the celebrations outside India, take part on the 3rd day.  These usually include buying new clothes, giving sweet stuffs like Gulab Jamun (like a deep fried super sweet dumpling) Barfi (like a fudge with coconut, almond or pistachio flavourings) and Kulfi (Indian ice cream – extra sweet of course) and of course the warming glow of the little lamps or Diyas.

In Hindu, special blessings are offered to the goddess Lakshmi; goddess of wealth and prosperity and Ganesha, the remover of obstacles.  Lakshmi is said to visit all homes on Diwali, beginning with the cleanest first, spreading the wealth as she continues her journey.  Of course, this serves to get everyone scrubbing their homes before lighting the Diyas to welcome the goddess.

Whilst it was first and foremost a Hindu celebration, it is also widely celebrated by Sikhs who celebrate the release of their 6th guru Hargobind Singh, who was imprisoned by the Muslim leader Emperor Jahangir along with 52 princes (Rajas) who were political prisoners who were being held for a ransom of ‘millions of rupees’.  Emperor Jahangir agreed to let the guru go but Guru Hargobind would not accept his freedom if the rajas were unable to leave also.  Jahangir said that he could leave with as many prisoners who could ‘hold onto his cloak’.  He outsmarted Jahangir by adding 52 ‘tails’ to his gown, enabling them all to escape together.

Fireworks and firecrackers are widely used to frighten off any evil spirits.  The number of people using firecrackers has resulted in a blanket ban on their use in major cities like New Delhi.  But this decision was met with a great deal of backlash when Hindu’s saw it as an attack on their religion and freedom to celebrate their faiths special feast day as it has been for several hundred years.  However, with air pollution levels so high, it was a no-brainer to not have the usual smog following previous Diwali celebrations.

When the Passfire team from the USA visited India, they were fascinated that everywhere else in the world, salutes/maroons were being launched in mortar tubes but over in India, they are dropped into tube-shaped holes in the ground (they do say you work with what you have!).

If you are celebrating Diwali here in the UK, we have a brand new barrage called ‘Festival Of Light’ which would be a spectacular addition to your celebrations.

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Fireworks For Diwali

In what is known as one of the biggest celebrations outside India, over 37,000 people of all faiths descend onto Leicester’s golden mile in the heart of the city’s Asian community where the 2 main events take place every year.

The switch on brings the cold, dark skies alive with over 6000 lights and an array of colours as the 2 weeks of cultural celebrations get underway.

Each day in the calendar has different meanings and is celebrated differently in each culture so there is always something exciting going on.

The celebrations and lights spread out across the city and there is plenty for all the family with a cultural programme of performances, activities, exhibitions, and talks to learn more about and get involved in the spirit of the festival.

On the final Diwali day, the celebration brings out the biggest and best street party ever known, streets are buzzing with music, Bollywood dancers, stalls of all kinds as well as an array of biggest and best mouth-watering food from some of the finest restaurants in the country.

Then the night goes out with a bang with spectacular firework displays marking the ending of the celebrations. You don’t have to make the trip to Leicester to celebrate Diwali. Here at epic fireworks, we offer some fantastic price packages for you to light at home and have your own miniature celebration. You can view these packages online or call one of our expert advisors 01226 749587 who will get this sorted and delivered to you in time for the celebrations.

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