Happy Diwali (Deepavali) to everyone celebrating!

Today across the world and in India, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists will be celebrating Diwali - the Festival of lights. That includes BAME Students!

As part of our continued work towards Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at The Association, we want to build more awareness days and cultural holidays into our community outreach work on The Hoot. We will be sharing short informational articles to increase the presence of diverse voices throughout our content.

Diwali (or Deepavali for South Indians)… 

Is celebrated across 5 days between October and November. This alternates each year with the Indian Luna calendar, and this year (2021) it falls on the 2nd – 6th of November.  

The main day for Celebration is (today) the 4th November, known as ‘Amavasya’ the new moon / darkest day, which will be ideal for fireworks and diva lighting. 

Here in my city (Leicester), you can find the world’s largest gathering and celebrations outside of India! 

There are lots of resources you can use or things you can do to engage in and celebrate the Indian festival with your family; from lighting Diyas/Divas/Deepas lamps (special Indian candles), making Rangoli (coloured sand) patterns to exchanging delicious sweet treats like jalebi). 

Although I am a Christian by heritage and belief, I celebrate Diwali to support and celebrate the heritage of my best friends.

Patrice wearing a sari to celebrate  Diwali with friends.

Lastly, please enjoy the festivities but be mindful and remember the Government’s safety guidelines to help protect yourself, your family and others, and to ensure today remains a joyful and memorable occasion! 

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