Celebrating 'festival of light'

One of the most important festivals in the Hindu and Sikh calendar begins today. Diwali (Hindu) and Bandi Chhor (Sikh) have different origins but have an universal celebration of good over evil and light over darkness.

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Sikh community celebrate Bandi Chhor

The Sikh community celebrate Bandi Chhor in Gravesend Credit: ITV Meridian
The Hindu Diwali and Sikh Bandi Chhor have different origins, but have an universal message of light over darkness Credit: ITV Meridian
The festival is a time for families to come together Credit: ITV Meridian

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Festival of lights underway in the south

One of the most important festivals in the Hindu calendar has begun. Diwali, or the festival of lights, sees worshippers lighting candles as they celebrate the triumph of good over evil. Dr Ashok Khare, chairman of the Reading Hindu Festival, explained the significance of the event.

Festival of light celebrations start today

Diwali is the most popular festival from the Indian sub-continent to celebrate the victory of good over evil, light over darkness Credit: Press Association Images

One of the most important festivals in the Hindu calendar begins today. Diwali, or the festival of lights, sees worshippers lighting candles as they celebrate good over evil and light over darkness. Hundreds of people are expected at Reading's Hindu Temple later to take part in the week long event.

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