Diwali, from the Sanskrit word Deepavali, is the Indian festival of lights taking place on Saturday 14th November 2020.
The festival – which usually takes place between mid-October and mid-November during the Hindu month of Kartika but changes date each year – is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains and symbolises the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.
Celebrations take place over five days (12th-16th November 2020), with the third day regarded as the main day. The five-day festival is as follows:
- Dhanteras (Day of fortune)
- Naraka Chaturdashi (Day of knowledge)
- Diwali (Day of light)
- Annakut (New Year)
- Bhai Duj (Day of love between siblings)
There are some traditions and rituals that typically take place during Diwali. In Diwali festival tradition, communities in India are lit up with shimmering lights and bright colours using string lights, candles, oil lamps, crafts and, of course, Rangoli; colourful floor designs made of flower petals, rice or sand.
The home truly sparkles too, with living spaces decorated with lights and small oil lamps (known as diya). Fireworks are also an essential part of the occasion, and again, lights and oil lamps are lit on the streets.
Meanwhile, people visit their relatives and have feasts, with an array of sweet treats and savoury snacks on offer. This year, however, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and various lockdown restrictions, celebrations will likely be smaller, within social bubbles, or virtually.
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If you want to decorate your own home for the annual autumn Diwali festival, here are some of the best Diwali home decoration and craft ideas from Pinterest, ranging from rangoli designs to homemade lights.
Get some inspiration below…