The Festival of Diwali

Published: Monday, 5 November 2018

It would be difficult to live in Leicestershire or Rutland and not to have heard of the annual worldwide Hindu festival of Diwali which is normally held around October to November and is a wonderful festival enjoyed by citizens and visitors to our region irrespective of their religion or cultural background. Tuesday 6th November to Saturday 10th November this year are the dates upon which this very popular festival falls.

This five day celebration, often referred to as the ‘Festival of Lights’, holds a different interpretation to Hindus around the world depending upon where, within the India sub-continent, their families may live or where they can trace their roots. In southern India it is celebrated as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura, whilst in northern India they celebrate the story of King Rama's return to Ayodhya, a city in Uttar Pradesh and King Rama’s birthplace, following his defeat of Ravana, by lighting rows of clay lamps. Many Hindus also associate the festival with Lakshmi the goddess of wealth and prosperity who was the wife of Vishnu.

The clay lamps, known as diyas, are still used in the festival today to signify the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. The climax of the five day event is normally held on the third day, to coincide with the darkest night of the lunar month and is accompanied by much singing, dancing and feasting.

At Sarpech we will be celebrating Diwali and during the period of the festival all diners will receive a complimentary special Diwali dessert and traditional Indian sweets at the conclusion of their meal.

Why don’t you come and celebrate one of our most important cultural events with us this week? We look forward to welcoming both old and new friends alike; booking is advisable.

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