Diwali is a Hindu festival symbolising the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. The event is also known as the Festival of Lights and is one of the most popular festivals in Hinduism. Diwali takes place every autumn in Ashwin, the seventh month of the Hindu lunisolar calendar.
When is Diwali celebrated in the UK?
The main date of Diwali this year is Sunday, October 27.
However, the festival is a five-day event and run two days before and after the main night.
That means people who observe Diwali will begin celebrating on Friday, October 25 and end on Tuesday, October 29.
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On Diwali feasts are shared, gifts exchanged and a prayer ritual known as puja undertaken.
The fourth day, Govardhan Puja, Hindus light oil lamps and offer vegetarian food to Lord Krishna either in temples or at sacred shrines in their own homes.
The final day, Bhai Dooj is also known as Bhai Tika, Bhai Phonta, Bhai Bij and Bhatru Dviteeya.
On this day the bond between brothers and sisters is celebrated with sisters often inviting brothers to their homes for a large meal.
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