Join Blackburn Hindu Centre’s Diwali celebration

Published Monday 5 November 2018 at 14:00

As the festival of Diwali approaches, the Blackburn Hindu Centre is inviting people from across the borough to join them in their community celebration of the Festival of Lights.

On the evening of Saturday 17 November the Centre will host a celebration meal at Maida restaurant at Eanam, Blackburn.

Diwali is a major Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil, based on the Hindu story of Ramayana. Thousands of years ago Lord Rama came home to Ayodhya in India after 14 years in exile.  The whole town was so delighted that every house lit candles (deevas) and decorated their properties. The festival name Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word Deepavali which means ‘Cluster of Lights’.

These days Hindus usually celebrate by gathering with family and friends to exchange sweets and set off fireworks.

Diwali always falls in late October or early November. This year Hindus will celebrate Diwali on Wednesday 7 November.

Ashok Chudasama, President of Blackburn Hindu Centre, said:

Diwali forms a five day festival which includes the last three days of the Hindu calendar and the first two days of the New Year. Diwali is celebrated on the last day of the Hindu lunar calendar, this year on Wednesday 7 November.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish the whole community a very Happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year.

Anyone who would like to join the Blackburn Hindu Centre’s Diwali celebration in Maida restaurant from 6.30pm on Saturday 17 November should call Ashok  Chudasama on (01254) 678183  or 07907 783419.

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