09 October 2017
Celebrating its 16th anniversary Diwali Festival, which celebrates the Hindu, Sikh and Jain festival of lights, attracts over 35,000 with its lively music and dance stage line up alongside an authentic street food market, craft and community stalls plus dance, yoga, comedy, henna art and much more.
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Marked with firework displays and family feasts, Diwali, is a five-day festival celebrated by millions of people across the world every Autumn.
The festival is observed by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, with its main theme the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.
Also known as the festivals of lights, houses are decorated with candles and colourful lights and people share gifts and recite prayers.
The festival coincides with Hindu New year and light, seen as a metaphor for self-improvement, represents new beginnings. Each faith has its own reasons to celebrate the festival, however, for many, Diwali celebrates the legend of Lord Rama and his wife Sita returning to their kingdom in northern India from exile after defeating the demon king Ravanna in 15th century BC.
Diwali also pays tribute to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and lanterns are lit to guide her into people’s homes.