Diwali, the festival of light, is a five-day festival and aims to celebrate the victory of good over evil. Typically celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, the festival of light sees millions of people attend firework shows, prayers and other celebration events. Food is also a major part of the festival, with many feasts being shared between friends and family. Sweet and savoury treats are eaten too, some including samosas, chirote and barfi.
It is celebrated every autumn in either October or November, depending on the Hindu lunar calendar. The day it falls on is the ‘amavasya’, (the new moon in the Hindu month), and this year it will be celebrated on November 7.
It is believed the festival goes back more than 2,500 years from originates in India. The celebrations are also mentioned in early Sanskrit texts.
Hertfordshire Students’ Union is celebrating Diwali and Bonfire Night, on November 7, by hosting a professional fireworks display, live music and dance performances, henna tattooing and more. To find out more information, please follow this link: https://hertfordshire.su/events/6013/3597/