Diwali is set to be celebrated differently this year to maintain safety amid the Covid-19 pandemic and new rules meaning people must stay at home.
But that does not mean it cannot be marked in meaningful ways where we can get together virtually, while maintaining social distancing and adhering to the ‘Hands, Face, Space’ mantra.
Diwali celebrations are due to run from November 12th to November 16th and are traditionally being marked by the Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities.
Celebrations take place over five days known as; Dhanteras (Day of fortune); Naraka Chaturdashi (Day of knowledge); Diwali (Day of light); Annakut (New Year); Bhai Duj (Day of love between siblings).
With Covid-19 the normal celebrations are not possible, but residents can still mark the occasion virtually or through private prayer.
There is a virtual Diwali event online which can be accessed at www.diwaliinlondon.com
Residents should be mindful of other people and pets with regards to fireworks and should adhere to government guidelines.
Cllr Krishna Suresh, Community Cohesion & Crime Portfolio Holder, said:
“Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic is ongoing keeping residents safe is rightly our number one priority, but this does not mean that Diwali celebrations must cease. There are ways to celebrate Diwali, while still maintaining social distancing and keeping to the important message of Hands, Face, Space. They can use tools to link up with others, albeit virtually, so they can feel a part of this important event. I would like to wish our residents a Happy Diwali as we celebrate safely this year.”