This week, millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world, will observe Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, which celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness.
Diwali begins on Tuesday 2 November and lasts for five days, with the main day of celebrations taking place on Thursday 4 November, the day of the new moon.
Celebrations traditionally involve visits to temples and gurdwaras, huge firework displays, parties and families getting together in their homes, sharing mithai (sweets) and gifts. People also dress up, light up their homes, temples and businesses with oil lamps and candles (diyas).
This year, with COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, those celebrating are being encouraged to meet family and friends outdoors, and to make sure there’s plenty of ventilation if meeting indoors.
“We wish all our staff and patients a blessed, healthy, prosperous and safe Diwali” said Nathalie Zacharias, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. “While we can celebrate together again, it’s important to still be mindful and take precautions. Not only social distancing, handwashing and face coverings, but also being considerate to pets and some people who may be negatively impacted by the sound, smell and sight of fireworks”.
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