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26/10/18

Celebrating Diwali at Wembley Park

Official Wembey Park & Brent Diwali Bonfire Night 2018

Diwali, which is also referred to as Deepavali and Divali, is a prestige festival in India known as the ‘Festival of Light’ where oil and light lamps are lit almost everywhere in celebration.

The festival represents the same symbolic ‘Victory of light over darkness’, ‘Knowledge over ignorance’ and ‘Good over evil’ and is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Newar Buddhists

Here are the top 10 must-know facts about the Festival of Light!

1. Diwali is the most famous, biggest and brightest festival of India, and is celebrated for five days.

2. It is the ideal opportunity to guzzle as many  delicious Indian sweets as possible – it’s a holiday after all!

3. Many associate the festival with Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity.

4. It is the perfect festival to celebrate with friends, families and loved ones where gifts are exchanged, parties are hosted and tons of tons of home-cooked food is offered to absolutley everyone!

5. Rangoli patterns are drawn on the floor by the front door to encourage the Goddess Lakshmi to enter their homes. They are traditionally drawn using rice grains, flour, sand or chalk with designs usually taken from nature.

6. The word Diwali means “the row of lighted lamps (diyas)” in Hindi.

7. The festival signifies the victory of light over darkness.

8. Traditional diyas (light lamps) used during Diwali are  filled with ghee or oil, and a cotton wick is used to bear the flame. The diyas are left burning all night.

9. Diyas light the houses; fireworks illuminate the skies and rangoli decorates the outside of homes

10. More than 800 million people celebrate this festival in various ways but one thing they all have in common is ending their celebration with FIREWORKS!

On Sunday 4 November, the skies over Wembley Park will dazzle with a kaleidoscope of colour to celebrate the official Diwali and Bonfire Night 2018. Light Up the Night is a joyful event that brings together the diverse communities of Brent. Featuring fireworks, fun, food and fanfare, this FREE family-friendly festival is a surefire cracker! Click here  to learn more  

 

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