Diwali – Festival of Lights
17 November 2018 – Ipswich Corn Exchange, 7pm – Midnight
Diwali is a Hindu festival literally meaning a “festival of lights”. The festival symbolises the victory of goodness over evil and light over darkness.
Many Hindus around the world celebrate Diwali for five days. On Diwali, which is on Wednesday 7th November people worship Lord Ganesha, the foremost of all Hindu Gods and Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity. It is time to exchange gifts, mithai (Indian sweets) with friends, relatives and neighbours.
The Story of Diwali
The famous legend associated with the story of Diwali is the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya. Lord Ram was sent to exile by his stepmother for 14 years in the jungle. His wife Sita and younger brother Lakshman accompanied him there. In the Jungle Ravana the demon king of Lanka kidnapped Sita and Lord Ram had to take the help of God Hanuman to kill demon Ravana. After killing Ravana and completing his period of exile, Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya and to celebrate Lord Ram’s return the citizens of Ayodhya decorated their houses, streets, shops, exchanged sweets and ignited fireworks. Since that day Diwali is celebrated to commemorate the coming of Lord Ram and good over evil.
Traditional oil lamps (called Divas) or candles are lit to help Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, to find her way into people’s homes.
All tickets include a fantastic three-course traditional Indian meal and a welcome drink.
Adults: £23 Children under 13: £13 Children under 5: £6 (A booking fee is included in these prices).
All tickets include a three-course Indian meal & welcome drink (advance tickets only, NO tickets will be sold at the door).