This year Hindus, Sikhs and Jains will celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, from November 12 to 16, with Amavasya (new moon day) falling on Saturday 14 November.
Diwali is a celebration of new beginnings, good versus evil and the triumph of light over dark. Traditionally, Woking town centre is lit up with a parade of brightly coloured, handcrafted lanterns and the stirring sound of drums.
This year, celebrations will, of course, be very different. So here are some tips to mark the festival in a safe and meaningful way, whilst still adhering to guidelines and practising safe socialising to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Top tops for a safe, enjoyable Diwali
- Take a moment to mark the occasion with private prayer
- be mindful of other people and pets, fire safety and social distancing guidelines when enjoying private fireworks displays
- check to see if your local temple has Diwali prayers, or worship, online
- surprise loved ones with a phone call or virtual card
- treat your household, or support bubble, to a home cooked meal
- video call family and friends who you can’t spend Diwali with in person
- decorate your home with bunting, fairy lights, garlands and rangoli decorations
- perform the story of Ramayana as a family and record it to share with your loved ones
- share kindness – donate to a local food bank, your temple or another charity of your choice
- light a diya in memory of someone.
However you choose to celebrate, please stay at home, continue to follow government guidance and if you do develop symptoms of the virus, self-isolate and book a test straight away.
Have a happy and safe Diwali.