A message from the Interreligious Relations Team

An occasion to celebrate victory over defeat, light over darkness, awareness over ignorance. An occasion to celebrate life. May this auspicious occasion light up your life with happiness, joy and peace.

Happy Diwali to all our Hindu, Jain and Sikh brothers and sisters.

Diwali is the five-day Festival of Lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world.

Diwali, which for some also coincides with harvest and new year celebrations, is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

When is Diwali?

The festival is usually some time between October and November, with the date changing each year.

This year Diwali takes place over five days from 2 November to 6 November with the main day of celebration on Thursday 4 November.

Where does the name Diwali come from?

The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, meaning “rows of lighted lamps“.

Houses, shops and public places are decorated with small oil lamps called diyas. People also enjoy fireworks and sweets too, so it’s really popular with children.