Diwali 2022

by Evie Darrell, Personal Development and Attitude Officer

This year Diwali starts on Monday 24 October 2022.

Below we give an overview about what Diwali is, how it is celebrated and how you can greet someone who is celebrating Diwali.

Links to: Equality & diversity, religious festivals, religious dates, different cultures. British Values –
Tolerance of Differences, Mutual Respect.

Rangoli Flower celebrating Diwali

What is Diwali?

Diwali, also referred to as Deepavli, is known as the festival of lights – a five-day long celebration originating from India. 

Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists celebrate this festival right across the world.

Different types of lanterns and traditional oil lamps known as Diya are lit around people’s homes, temples, shops and even the streets, symbolising Lord Rama’s return and the triumph of light over darkness. It is believed that on this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana

Many people consider Diwali to mark the beginning of a new year, a time to make plans for a new start like new year resolutions.

Small candles on the floor for Diwali celebrations

The festival takes place over five days with a number of activities happening on each day:

  • Day One – People clean their homes and shop for gold or kitchen utensils to help bring good fortune.
  • Day Two – People decorate their homes with clay lamps and create design patterns called Rangoli on the floor using coloured powders or sand.
  • Day Three – On the main day of the festival, families gather together for Lakshmi puja, a prayer to Goddess Lakshmi, followed by mouth-watering feasts and firework festivities.
  • Day Four – This is the first day of the new year when friends and relatives visit with gifts and best wishes for the season.
  • Day Five – Brothers visit their married sisters, who welcome them with love and a lavish meal.

Source: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/event/diwali-2019-2020

Wishing someone a happy Diwali

To greet someone in Hindi for Diwali it’s best to say ‘Diwali ki Shubhkamnayein’ or ‘Shush Deepavali’. These both mean Happy Diwali.

Meanwhile in Punjabi it would be ‘Tuhanu Diwali diyan boht both vadhaiyan’ and in Marathi ‘Shush Diwali’ or ‘Diwalichya hard Shubhechha’.

‘Deepavali Nalvazhthukal’ is the best way to greet someone in Tamil.

It can be as simple as saying ‘Happy Diwali’, but there are a few other longer greetings you can say if you wish to.

  • “It’s Diwali everywhere, happiness is in the air and wealth forever… And wish everyone out there Happy Diwali!”
  • “Let this Diwali burn all your bad times and enter you in good times.”
  • “Since this is a special occasion when all the family and friends get together, for fun. Wishing a lot of amusement to cheer your days during this festive season. Happy Diwali!”
  • “Doubt is like darkness and trust is like a light. There is no way one can destroy light by throwing darkness into it. So, let’s come together and enjoy the festival of lights. Happy Diwali”
  • “Diwali is a festival full of sweet memories, a sky full of fireworks, a mouth full of sweets, a house full of diyas and a heart full of enjoyment! Happy Diwali!”

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