Diwali

Diwali  is a five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival coincides with the Hindu New Year and celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana.

Diwali is  observed on the 15th day of Kartik, the holiest month in the Hindu lunar calendar. In 2018, Divali is on November 7.  The annual celebration in Trafalgar Square was  held on Sunday 28 October.

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Spectacular 2018 opening ceremony with hundreds of dancers filled Trafalgar Square. A must-see on YouTube here.     Thanks to  the Binal Dance Academy. 

 

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Demon King, Ravana.  Produced by puranas.co.uk

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Hanuman is generally depicted as a man with the face of a monkey and a long tail. Often described as the “son of Pawan”, the Hindu god for wind, Hanuman is known for his extraordinary daring feats, strength and loyalty.

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Puja (prayers) to Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, to get the new (financial) year off to a good start. All the offerings are natural products – see the coconut, apple, rice, yogurt drink (sweetened with sugar and honey), turmeric, and more.

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Bharatanatyam is a most popular and one of the oldest dance forms from Tamil Nadu South India.

 

 

 

 

 

Some fun at Diwali

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Full House !  Community singing to Shiva

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Community singing to Lord Shiva, led by a brave youngster. Sing along with 30m here.

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Bangra beat

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Bollywood

 

 

 

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The lotus flower symbolises purity.    It rises above the mud from which it originates.

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Ganesh is depicted as an elephant’s head on a human body and in the Hindu tradition he is the son of Lord Siva and the Goddess Parvati.   He is known as the Remover of Obstacles and is prayed to particularly when people are beginning a new enterprise or starting a new business. Hence his relevance at Diwali,  the start of the new year.

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A moment for reflection

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