Plans are in place for Bath’s twelfth annual Diwali festival party, which will take place at Beechen Cliff School this Saturday 10th November, organised by the Bath Hindu Community.
Up to two-hundred people are expected to join in the festivities at the school.
Originating from India, Diwali is now celebrated all across the world for both its religious and cultural significance.
Also known as the ‘festival of lights’, it is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in the autumn. The festival signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.
Attending the event will be the Chairwoman of Bath and North East Somerset Council, Cllr Karen Walker.
She said: “I’m always appreciative of inclusive celebrations such as this, which do so much to promote understanding of, and interest in, faiths and cultures among people of different faiths or no faith.
“The festival of Diwali has increasingly become mainstream in recent years, and more and more non-Hindus appreciate and celebrate the occasion.
“Over the past ten years national leaders such as the Prime Minister have attended Diwali celebrations at some of the UK’s most prominent Hindu temples, such as the Swaminarayan Temple in Neasden, and popular Hare Krishna temple in Watford, using the occasion to commend the Hindu community’s positive contribution to British life.
“Over the next two weeks, more than 100,000 people will attend Diwali lights switch on events across the UK in places like Leicester and Birmingham.”
The festival is commonly observed by illuminating hundreds of candles in homes, temples and public places.
In ancient times, Diwali was first observed by the residents of Ayodhya (north east India) to celebrate the return of King Rama, an incarnation of Krishna, after 14 years in exile.
In another era, this was also the day when Lord Krishna performed His Damodara childhood pastime of breaking the pots of yogurt and letting Himself be bound by Mother Yashoda.
One of the event organisers is Ashish Rajhansha. He said: “Here in Bath and north east Somerset the festivities this year will be bigger than ever and will include a three-course authentic Indian Dinner, fireworks and entertainment.
“Diwali, just like Christmas, really is an opportunity for people of all backgrounds and traditions to come together for a special family occasion.
“I’d encourage anyone to attend, they’d be made most welcome.”
Bath’s Annual Diwali Festival Party is organised by the Bath Hindu Community CiC (Community Interest Company) and will be held at Beechen Cliff School on Saturday 10th November from 6pm.
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