Diwali is celebrated by Hindu’s and Sikhs across the globe as the `Festival of Lights’ where the lighting of `diva’s’ or lights signify the victory of good over evil. In many parts of India, Diwali celebrates the homecoming of King Rama to Ayodhya, after a 14 years exile in the forest and the defeating of evil Ravana. The people of Ayodhya welcomed Ram, his wife Sita and brother Laxmana by lighting a row of lights.
Many hindu’s also on this auspicious day worship the Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. They use light diva’s to welcome wealth, happiness and prosperity into their homes and lives.
For the Sikh community, Diwali signify’s Guru Hargobind, who had been held captive in the fort at Gwalior, returning to his home town of Amritsar. As the sixth Guru (teacher) of Sikhism, Guru Hargobind, was freed from imprisonment – along with 53 Hindu Kings whom the Guru had arranged to be released as well. After his release he went to the Golden Temple in the holy city of Amritsar, where he was welcomed in happiness by the people who lit candles and divas to greet the Guru.
In London, amongst Hindu’s and Sikh’s, Diwali is celebrated with a bang! Fireworks light the skies, gifts are exchanged, indian sweets are shared, prayers are offered and prosperity is welcomed through the lighting of diva’s.
To all our patients of all faiths, Happy Diwali. Peace, love and happiness to you all!
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