Diwali is an extremely important and eagerly awaited 5 day Hindu festival that marks the beginning of the year according to some Hindu calendars. Host your own Diwali celebration today either as a Happy Hour or Theme day. Here’s how…..
What is the festival of lights? Diwali, or the festival of lights is characterised by people lighting small oil lamps, called diyas, and placing them every-where around the home and in gardens, courtyards and on roof tops. Within India, Diwali is celebrated to ward off the darkness and welcome light into life and promote hope for the future.
It is celebrated in many places around the world including the UK, America, Australia and New Zealand. In India, schools are closed for Diwali and tourists flock to join in the celebrations.
Apart from its religious significance, Diwali is also seen as a celebration of life and family connections, with parties, house – guests and feats characterising the festival. Diwali is also an important time for the Indian economy, with Indians purchasing gifts, gold, fireworks, household appliances and decorations during this time. Understandably, Diwali is eagerly anticipated by children due to the sweets and festivities involved.
Use saffron (orange), white, green and blue streams and balloons as per the Indian flag colours.
Additionally, string up fire retardant fairy lights or use electric candles available from Asian $2 shops. Lamps and lights are what make Diwali special. The lights are seen as a sign of celebration and hope for humankind
Bring in as many fresh and artificial flowers as you can and encourage your colleagues and friends to do so too. Flowers garlands are every-where during Diwali, decorating house entrances and interiors.
Eat and Drink!
Serve Indian Chai Tea (available in Tea- bags from the Supermarket)
Purchase frozen samosas from the supermarket and serve them as a snack
Visit an Indian grocer and ask for selection of Indian sweets. Many sweets are eaten during Diwali.
If you’re feeling adventurous, make some Indian rice pudding with chopped nuts, cardamom and saffron.
Watch a film!
The Indian film industry uses Diwali as a time to release new Bollywood films. Hire one today and have it on as a background distraction and musical soundtrack! Interestingly, the biggest form of Indian pop music is ‘filmi’; namely songs from Indian musical films.
In northern India, cards are played during Diwali. There is a belief that whoever gambles on Diwali night will remain prosperous throughout the year