comes to Burngreave
by Chetna Patel
is the festival of lights, which is celebrated by Hindus all
over the world.
believed that on this day Lord Rama saved his wife Sita from
the demon Ravana. After spending fourteen years of exile in
the forest he returns to his city Ayodha. Divas (lamps) were
lit along the streets to express joy in his homecoming and
to help him find his way home. Divas are still lit today to
remember the happy event of Rama’s homecoming.
Lakshmi (goddess of wealth and prosperity) is also worshipped
during Diwali. Every Hindu house is cleaned to welcome Lakshmi
into their homes, hoping it will bring them happiness and
prosperity. Diwali is also a time when sweetmeats, gifts and
money are given to family and friends.
Hindu temple in Burngreave over 80 people attended an event
to celebrate Diwali. Children and young people dressed in
brightly coloured traditional suits and saris strutted their
stuff to a mix of traditional and Bollywood style songs, as
well as bhajans (religious songs) for the older generation.
The celebrations became more upbeat as the evening went on
and children, young and old people continued to enjoy the
were given to the young people who took part in the show,
and then a delicious vegetarian meal prepared by the Temple
was served to the members of the community. Dr Shiv Sharma,
president of the temple said, “Diwali is likened to
Christmas. It is a time when all family and community members
come together to celebrate, enjoy themselves and forget their
differences. It is also a time to remember those who are not
with us, and to be thankful for what we have.”