I am delighted to pass on my very best wishes to everyone celebrating Diwali across the borough.
Diwali or Deepawali is a festival of lights symbolizing the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. The word ‘Deepawali’ refers to rows of ‘diwa’s’, or clay lamps. This is one of the most popular festivals in the Hindu calendar; it is also an occasion for celebration by Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists.
For Sikhs, Diwali is also important because it celebrates the release from prison of the sixth guru, Guru Hargobind Ji, and 52 other princes from the Gwalior Fort in 1619. The Sikhs celebrated the return of the guru by lighting the Golden Temple.
Celebrating Diwali and other major faith events together helps us to understand each other’s customs and traditions and develop a culture of mutual respect.
To all residents gathering to reflect on the past year, I wish you a happy Diwali!
Cllr Tony Newman
Leader of the Council
Why not join some of the celebrations taking place in Croydon yourself?
- Sunday 22 October, 12 noon - 4pm - Diwali Mela, Croydon town centre.
Many Croydon residents will join the Mayor of Croydon at Diwali celebrations at an event organised by the Croydon Hindu Council. The procession starts outside Whitgift Centre before making its way to Surrey Street market for the main event.