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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 FACTS

Diwali is the oldest of all the festivals from South Asia. It is also an occasion for celebration by Jains and Sikhs.

The festival of Diwali extends over five days. Because of the lights, fireworks and sweets involved, it’s a great favourite with children. The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance, although the actual legends that go with the festival are different in different parts of India.

In Britain, as in India, the festival is a time for thoroughly spring-cleaning the home, wearing new clothes and most importantly, decorating buildings with fancy lights.

The British city of Leicester is noted for its Diwali celebrations.

DIWALI – ALSO REFERRED TO AS DEEPAVALI OR DEVALI – TRANSLATION – ROW OF LAMPS

Diwali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Mayanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji.

The day after the celebrations for Diwali is referred to as Gujarati Hindu is seen as the start of the New Year.

Bhai Bij – this is the day for a sister to worship her brother. The brother is the family’s representation of Krishna who killed the demon Narkasura.

Labh Pacham – this is the name given to the start of the new Financial Year for Hindu shopkeepers and Businessmen.

In Goa and Koncan, the day after Diwali they create effigies in the image of the demon Narkasura and burn them early evening.

Diwali marks the end of harvest in most areas of India. They celebrate the year that has been and pray for a good harvest for the year to come.

The word Diwali means ‘row of lamps’. It is commonplace for rows of lamps to be outside of the homes of families celebrating diwali. The little lamps ‘dipa’ are filled with ghee (clarified butter) and light the way for the spirits.

The dipa are left burning all night and Indian homes are cleaned thoroughly to make sure that the goddess Laksmi feels welcome
The Diwali festival celebrates the return of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshimana after their years in exile.

The celebrations last for five days and each have special significance. The first day is Dhanteras – the financial year starts. The second days is Naraka Chaturdasi – celebrating the vanquishing of Naraka. Day 3 is Amavasya – the worship of Lakshmi – signifies wealth and best wishes to all devotees. Day 4 – Kartika Shudola Padyani – celebrating when Bali took over his new kingdom and day 5 – Yama Dvitya – the day when sisters worship their brothers.

Gambling during Diwali is encouraged as it is believed to bring good luck for the year ahead.

Diwali is significant in the Sikh faith as the foundation stone was laid at the Golden Temple at Amritsar was laid on the first day of Diwali in 1577.

Traditionally, families gather together to visit temple, eat with family and friends a specially prepared festive meal, exchange gifts, cards and traditional sweets.

Diwali would not be complete without the sweets. Traditionally, Indian food is hot a spicy but their desserts are super sweet too so it is a complete opposite. For diwali, the traditional sweets are usually milk flavoured with choices from Laddoos, Kaju Katli, Jalebi and others.

Diwali 2013

Diwali Fireworks

Sunday 3rd November marks Diwali 2013 which is a 5-day Hindu Festival celebrated by Hindu’s, Sikhs and Jains. Otherwise known as the Festival of Lights, it is a time of huge celebration in the Indian community.

The main places to see the majority of the celebrations are in London’s Southall, Birmingham and Leicester where the biggest concentration of Indian’s live in the UK.

The events in London and Leicester are massive draws for the crowds as over 30,000 descended on London last year to join in the party. The majority of the population around Leicester are Gujarati who are mostly vegetarian so the food will reflect this but that said, the one thing they know how to do well is beautiful vegetarian food (try the aubergine curry – beautiful) and of course, lots of beautiful sweets, which bring a whole new meaning to sweet.

There will be a full array of contemporary and traditional dancing and music from professionals alongside representatives from schools and community funded organisations. Of course, no self-respecting event would be complete without fireworks and they will be there in force as will plenty of beautiful food and drink concession stands.

Thousands of lights called ‘diva’ are lit to celebrate the search for peace and self enlightenment. Diwali is a great opportunity to sit back and look at the wonderful things you have in your life.

For Sikhs, the story of Diwali is one of a struggle for freedom. It all started with Guru Har Gobind Singh who was imprisoned along with 52 Hindu kings in the Gwalior Prison for taking up arms to defend himself where he refused to eat the food as it was not ‘earned by honest labours’. Concerned for his welfare, he was eventually encouraged to eat simple fayre. In light of his effects on the other prisoners, Jahangir insisted on his release. However, Har Gobind Singh was happy where he was and was worried about his fellow prisoner’s welfare and refused to leave without them. Jahangir said that the imprisoned kings could leave only if they could hold onto Guru Har Gobind Singh’s robes. So, he had a robe created with 52 khalia (tassels) attached so that the Raja’s could walk free, void of humiliation.

The release of Guru Har Gobind Singh co-incided with the celebrations for Diwali which is the main reason Sikhs celebrate and to this day the entire Golden Temple at Amritsar is lit up in continued recognition of his freedom.

If you do get the opportunity to pop along to any of the celebrations you can expect a warm welcome, great food and above all the bright lights and spectacle that is the Diwali Celebrations.

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