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DIWALI 2016

With over 37,000 people expected to attend, the Leicester Diwali display is the biggest outside of India.

Centred around Belgrave Road, in the heart of the City and with a Diwali village being specially erected on the Cossington Street recreation park, this year promises to be the best celebration of the start of the new Hindu Year to date.

Traditional elements from the Hindu culture will blend with computerised fireworks to create one of the world’s best Diwali spectaculars with all things Asian; from mouth-watering foods, and traditional and ritualistic dancing the city will explode in vibrant colours.

There will be not one but two firework displays; the first to welcome the lights on Sunday the 16th of October 2016 with the main display on the Night of Diwali the 30th October 2016.

Between the 14th and the 30th sees the return of last year’s popular 110 foot “wheel of light” affording those taking the wheel spectacular panoramic views of the City for a small fee of £5 for adults. It is £4 for children shorter than 1.4M along with card carrying students and OAP’s. You can also purchase a family ticket giving access to 4 people – this can be two adults and two children or one adult and 3 children for just £15.

The wheel will operate from Monday to Friday from 12 noon until 8pm, on Saturday from noon until 10pm, on Sunday the 16th when the official light switch on takes place and on the night of Diwali, the 30th the ride will be extended until 11pm.

Pyro professional Bright Spark who are co-ordinating and firing the display advise the show will be a multi-level show with many new and exciting effects as Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights the show will certainly depict this.

As always should wish to celebrate with your family please give us a call or visit our website for the best quality fireworks at wholesale prices delivered to your door or collect from our head office near Sheffield just 2 minutes from Junction 36 of the M1.

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Diwali Fireworks. The Tradition.

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Diwali (aka Deepawali) is perhaps the best known of the Hindu festivals. The word ‘Diwalli’ means ‘rows of lighted lamps’. This year, the festival takes place on 26th October 2011.

Diwali also marks the end of the financial year and the majority of Hindu’s submit their end of year accounts. In the Ramayana, Rama, Sita and Lakshmana returned to the kingdom of Ayodhya on this day as it was the last day of the last year of their 14 year banishment. As it was so dark, the subjects of the kingdom, lit ‘divas’ (little wicks doused in ghee – clarified butter) to light the path. The lights are seen as a triumph of good over evil, light over dark, happiness (the homecoming) over sadness (the banishment).

Diwali is also a Sikh festival. It particularly celebrates the the release from prison of the sixth guru, Hargobind Singh in 1619. However Sikhs had celebrated it before that, and the foundation stone of the Golden Temple at Amritsar, the holiest place in the Sikh world, was laid on Diwali in 1588.

In India, oil lamps are often floated on the river Ganges – it is often regarded as a good omen if the lamp manages to get all the way across. For many Indians the festival honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

People start the new business year at Diwali, and some Hindus will say prayers to the goddess for a successful year.
Some people build a small altar to the goddess and decorate it with money and with pictures of the rewards of wealth, such as cars and houses.

Celebrating Lakshmi – Hindus will leave the windows and doors of their houses open so that Lakshmi can come in. Rangoli are drawn on the floors – rangoli are patterns and the most popular subject is the lotus flower. This because images of Lakshmi traditionally show her either holding a lotus or sitting on one.

There is much feasting and celebration, and the Diwali lamps are regarded as making it easy for Lakshmi to find her way to favoured houses.

At Epic, we celebrate Diwali with our family and stock a number of packs created especially to meet the ethos of this wonderful celebration. Check out the Diwali Dazzle display pack, full of spectacular aerial effects, sound and lighting. This costs £295.00 including VAT and can be delivered to you free of charge if required. Of course, if you come along to collect instead, you will receive 4 of our massive Sky Thriller Rockets free of charge.

Shubh Diwali (Happy Diwali)

City To Look Into Diwali Fireworks

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A request from Hamilton’s Hindu and Sikh communities to allow fireworks during annual Diwali celebrations received support at a city committee yesterday.

The economic development and planning committee has asked staff to review Hamilton’s current fireworks bylaw to see if it should be amended to allow fireworks during Diwali.

“Diwali is one of the oldest festivals in the world,” said Budh Singh Dhillon, in a presentation to the committee.

“Fireworks are embedded in Diwali. There is no Diwali without fireworks and lights.”

Baljit Grewal, a Stoney Creek grocery store owner, applied to the city to be allowed to sell fireworks for Diwali.

“We were shocked to find out that fireworks are only allowed on Canada Day and Victoria Day,” Dhillon said.

“I’m asking the committee to amend the bylaw to return the glory back to Diwali.”

Dhillon dismissed concerns from fire officials that Diwali fireworks would increase the risk of fires in Hamilton.

“I have not seen any reports that we have more fires in Hamilton celebrating Victoria Day and Canada Day.”

He also noted Brampton, which has a large South Asian community, allows fireworks during Diwali celebrations.

Ward 2 Councillor Bob Bratina said the city should review the bylaw, in part because fire codes have changed since the 1950s, when the fireworks restrictions were enacted.

“We should also acknowledge that the city of Hamilton was a different place in terms of diversity 30 and 40 years ago than it is today.”

Councillor Brian McHattie said he has seen Diwali celebrated in India “and it’s a joyous occasion deeply built into the history and religion.”

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