Don’t miss out on Diwali in the Duchy! The Indian Business Chamber of Commerce will once again be hosting a not-to-be-missed Bollywood Gala & Musical Dance Show on 14th November, together with a tasty Indian buffet and topped off with a DJ until 1am to celebrate Diwali.
Diwali gets its name from the row of clay lamps that celebrants light outside their homes to symbolise the triumph of inner light over spiritual darkness. Indians celebrate with family gatherings, glittering clay lamps, festive fireworks, strings of electric lights, bonfires, flowers, sharing of sweets and worship to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.
The holiday, celebrated on 11th November this year, originated as a harvest festival that marked the last harvest of the year before winter. India was an agricultural society where people would seek the divine blessing of Lakshmi as they closed their accounting books and prayed for success at the outset of a new financial year. Today, this practice extends to businesses all over the Indian subcontinent, which mark the day after Diwali as the first day of the new financial year.
The Diwali story has a different significance for Hindus, dependant on where they live in India: For northern Indians, the day celebrates King Rama’s return to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps. South India celebrates it as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura. In western India the festival marks the day that Lord Vishnu, the Preserver (one of the main gods of the Hindu trinity) sent the demon King Bali to rule the nether world In all interpretations, one common thread rings true—the festival marks the victory of good over evil.
So get hold of some tickets and join in the celebrations!