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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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DOGS TRUST – SOUNDS SCARY

Each year, tens of thousands of dog/cats are frightened by fireworks but there are lots of steps that can be taken to help alleviate some of their suffering as supplied by the peeps at Dogs Trust.

Like most animals, loud noises can adversely affect dogs and cats in particular as they have particularly sensitive hearing, but you can certainly do things to help your pets out.

Gun dogs, for example, are not born tolerant of loud noises but are trained and effectively de-sensitised to the sounds by use of the following tips:

Before the fireworks begin:
• Walk your dog before dark – it would appear to be a simple instruction but people tend to walk their dogs later in the evening when the fireworks may have already begun – get the walk in early to avoid distress
• Feed your dog before the fireworks begin as he may become unsettled
• Make sure your house and garden are secure as your pet may try to escape.
• Try to settle your dog in familiar surroundings before the fireworks begin
• Provide a safe hiding place – at noisy times around Bonfire Night, make sure your dog has somewhere safe in his or her favourite room, perhaps under the table. Close the curtains, turn the lights on, and turn up the volume on your TV or radio to drown out the firework noises.
During the fireworks:
• Don’t punish your dog for cowering or reacting to the fireworks as this will intensify his fear. You should aim to remain relaxed and therefore provide a good role model to your dog when he is afraid. However, if your dog comes to you for comfort don’t ignore him – interact with him calmly.
• Don’t leave your dog alone in the house during the fireworks period – he may panic and this could result in an injury.
• Keep your dog busy indoors – play games or enjoy some reward-based training to keep his mind off the noises. However, if he just wants to hide away then don’t force him to come out of his hiding place, allow him to stay where he feels safe.
Longer term treatment:

If you think that your dog gets worried by loud noises, contact your vet to see if there’s an underlying health problem first, and to help you find a qualified behaviourist. Your vet will also be able to discuss whether medication might be helpful.

Programmes of behaviour therapy recommended will vary for each dog, but may include the following elements:
• Establishing a consistent way for your dog to cope. This often involves teaching a dog to use a den to hide when he is worried. This might require you to gradually change your dog’s ‘coping’ response away from one that relies on your attention so that he’s more able to cope with loud noises if they occur when you’re not home.
• Gradually teaching your dog that noises are not scary through a process called ‘desensitisation and counter-conditioning’. This usually involves playing recorded versions of the scary noises but starting at such a low volume that your dog is not worried by them. The volume and direction of sounds are changed over time, but so slowly that your dog does not show any signs of fear. The sounds should also be associated with something that he enjoys, such as high value treats or a game.

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HALLOWEEN FIREWORKS – WE’VE GOT IT COVERED

As the years pass by, it is more and more common to have fireworks as part of Halloween celebrations rather than just keeping them for Bonfire Night.

We have a huge array of items which will be brilliant for your Halloween party ranging from the beautiful but simple Pumpkin Fountain all the way up to the massive (and frankly fantastic) Thunderous Finale firework barrage.

Check out these wonderful Halloween themed items for yourself. If you click on the link, this will take you to the page about that product and you can also watch a video of it in action.

PUMPKIN FOUNTAIN

VAMPIRE FOUNTAIN

CRAZY CLOWN FOUNTAIN

HOBGOBLIN FOUNTAIN

MAD MONSTER BARRAGE

SORCERY BARRAGE

DRAGONS DREAM

DEVILS DEN BARRAGE

BANSHEE BARRAGE

DIABLO BARRAGE

GOBLINS GOLD BARRAGE

HOWLING WOLVES BARRAGE

SCREAMING SPIDERS BARRAGE

THUNDEROUS FINALE BARRAGE

SHRILL WITCH BARRAGE

WEREWOLF BARRAGE

So, if you are having a Halloween Spooktacular and want to enjoy some fireworks, come along to see us just outside Sheffield (Junction 36 M1) or place your order online and we will aim to deliver in 3-5 working days.

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