Today is Diwali, also known as the festival of light is a religious festival at the end of October or beginning of November.
It is celebrated by Sikhs, Hindus and Jains, and is as big to those religions as Christmas is to Christians.
Facts about Diwali:
- Diwali translated means 'row of lights'.
- Diwali celebrates good triumphing over evil.
- For many it is the mark of a new year.
- Many Hindus take the opportunity of Diwali to honour the goddess of wealth Lakshmi.
- People mark the religious festival by lighting clay lamps, it is believed the more lamps people light the more likely the goddess of fortune and prosperity, Lakshmi will visit.
- Leicester hosts the biggest Diwali celebrations outside of India.
- Many people draw colourful rangoli, a decorative pattern made in rice flour, at the entrance of the home.
- Celebrations include sharing food, watching fireworks, worshiping and rangoli also known as Kolam which is a folk art from India.