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What to wear for Diwali ?

Dear Readers

Today was the Diwali lights illumination night in Leicester. In the UK, Leicester’s celebration of Diwali is one of the biggest outside of India. The festivities in Leicester are held along Belgrave Road (known as the Golden Mile) in the heart of the city’s Asian community.

Diwali Belgrave Road

The streets and the shops are decorated with lights that stretch across and along Belgrave Road. The lights switch on is accompanied by cultural event programmes, from theatre performance to craft activities, cultural talks and exhibitions on Cossington Street Recreation ground along. There is also spectacular fireworks, which are a traditional part of Diwali celebrations. Over 30,000 people of all faiths attend the switching on of the lights on the Golden Mile. More people come along on the Diwali day itself (on the 7th November this year) to experience the lively street atmosphere, dazzling colourful fashion and gold jewellery, indulge in the mouthwatering food in the finest Indian restaurants and buy the famous Indian sweets and savouries.

Diwali Fireworks

So what is Diwali?

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights which is celebrated every autumn.

Diwali is one the most popular festivals of Hinduism, symbolising the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.

Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists all over the world. The Diwali celebration lasts for 5 days.  

-First day  (the start of Diwali) is dedicated to Goddess Laxshmi, the Goddess of prosperity. 

-Second day is dedicated to Goddess Kali, the Goddess for abolishing evil. 

-Third day – This the Diwali day. Lighting of diyas (candles) takes place. Rangoli (powder art) is used to decorate the ground in front of the houses. Fireworks are let off, and food and sweets are shared with family and friends.

-Fourth day – the start of the Hindu new year.

-Fifth day is the celebrations between brothers and sisters, which is an important function in Hindu culture.

Hindus celebrate Diwali for the return of Hindu God Lord Rama and his wife Sita to their kingdom from 14 year s of exile, having defeated the demon King Ravana. Diwali is also celebrated for Mother Goddess Durga, for destroying a demon called Mahesha. 

Though Diwali is also celebrated by the Sikh’s, they are actually celebrating Bandi Chhorh Divas, which means prisoner release day . This happens to be at the same time of the year as Diwali, and is celebrated for the release of the sixth guru Hargobind Shaib from Gwalior Prison in India. 

A Diwali festivital not only brings religious rituals and ceremonies, traditions of colourful rangolis, resplendent diyas, mesmerising firecrackers and mouthwatering food. Diwali is also a time of generous gift giving and a massive dose of amusement, laughter and sharing of food with family and friends. All this socialising generates  a shopping frenzy for clothes and outfits to wear for the Diwali and New Year functions.

Diwali Rangoli

Here are some outfit suggestions for this Diwali.

Net Anarkali Suit Long Silk Dress with CapeAlpa Lengha CholiNeha Silk Kurti SuitPriya Floral Long Dress with Net TopOmana Skirt & Top

For those who do not like to wear traditional outfits, why not try a two piece skirt suit, or something different that you can wear with jeans. Complement your jeans with a traditional jacket, or try a bright coloured straight trouser suit to fit in with the festivities.

Rupa Trouser SuitAnieka Long Embroidered TopRabia Dhoti & Top

Isabella Floral Gown-3Shri Pant Suit

 

I hope you enjoyed reading about Diwali and like some of the outfit suggestions above. As always, your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

 

Thanks for reading!

Rita

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