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Diwali

NHSF Liverpool Diwali Ball

December 29, 2016 |

For several years now, Diwali Ball has been the flagship event for NHSF Liverpool. This year, we pledged to make it bigger and better than before, to celebrate 25 years of NHSF (UK). On the day, we were truly astounded … Read More

Shubh Deepawali

October 22, 2014 |

This year, National Hindu Students Forum (UK) has been fortunate to be a part of numerous Deepawali celebrations including those at Scotland Yard, Parliament, 10 Downing Street and Trafalgar Square. Hindus are now being recognised for our immense contributions to the country and … Read More

Dev Diwali

November 17, 2013 |

The auspicious months of Chaturmas in which Bhagavan Vishnu goes to sleep within the realms of the Pataal Nadhi comes to an end today, and He finally awakes from this meditative state. The day is also commonly referred to Tripurari Purnima.

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Hindu Students Celebrating Diwali

November 11, 2013 |

By Amar Jethi
NHSF (UK) PR Officer

As Diwali, the archetypal festival of lights, engulfs our daily lives once again, we remember the triumphant victories of good over evil thousands of years ago by our Devas in a fashionable light.

Diwali celebrates prosperity, good luck, happiness, peace, love, forgiveness and various other ideals.

However it also marks a staying point in many modern Hindu lives; reuniting families as it did back in the kingdom of Ayodhya after the return of Sri Ramachandra from a 14 year exile. Hindus celebrate this most fervently with candles, lights and firework celebrations at this time. But what about NHSF (UK)? What do Hindu students do to celebrate Diwali in the UK?

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Diwali: The Festival of Lights – Part 2

November 4, 2013 |

 

By Madhav Davé
NHSF (UK) Learning Team

The Diwali period includes a series of 8 joyful festivals. These festivals are:

  • ‘Ramaa Ekadashi’ – 31st October 2013 (11th Aashwin)
  • Govatsa Dwadashi’ or ‘Vagh Baaras’ – 31st October 2013 (12th Aashwin)
  • ‘Dhan Trayodhashi’ or ‘Dhan Teras’ – 1st November 2013 (13th Aashwin)
  • ‘Kali Chaudash’ – 2nd November 2013 (14th Aashwin)
  • ‘Diwali’ – 3rd November 2013 (15th Aashwin)
  • ‘New Year/ Nutan Varsh’ (Gujarat) – 4th November 2013 (1st Kartik)
  • ‘Bhai-Dhuj’ or ‘Bhai Beej’ – 5th November 2013 (2nd Kartik)
  • ‘Labh Pancham’ – 7th November 2013 (5th Kartik)

Deepavali

3rd November 2013 (15th Aashwin)

Deepavali, also known as Diwali is commonly called the festival of lights. If there is one occasion which is joy and jubilation for one and all, it is Deepavali.

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Diwali: The Festival of Lights – Part 1

November 3, 2013 |

By Madhav Dave
NHSF (UK) Learning Team

The Diwali period includes a series of 8 joyful festivals. These festivals are:

  • Ramaa Ekadashi’ – 31st October 2013 (11th Aashwin)
  • Govatsa Dwadashi’ or ‘Vagh Baaras’ – 31st October 2013 (12th Aashwin)
  • Dhan Trayodhashi’ or ‘Dhan Teras’ – 1st November 2013 (13th Aashwin)
  • Kali Chaudash’ – 2nd November 2013 (14th Aashwin)
  • Diwali’ – 3rd November 2013 (15th Aashwin)
  • New Year/ Nutan Varsh’ (Gujarat) – 4th November 2013 (1st Kartik)
  • Bhai-Dhuj’ or ‘Bhai Beej’ – 5th November 2013 (2nd Kartik)
  • Labh Pancham’ – 7th November 2013 (5th Kartik)

‘Vagh Baaras’ or ‘Govatsa Dwadashi’

31st October 2013 (12th Aashwin)

Vagh Baaras is also known as ‘Govatsa dwadashi‘ or ‘Guru Dwadashi‘ and marks the beginning of the Diwali celebrations. On this day, pujan (worship) is offered to the sacred cow and calf, since she symbolises Mother Earth, the all giving and life-sustaining Mother.

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Deepavali

November 12, 2012 |

By Sanjay Parekh
NHSF Learning Team

Diwali

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is the festival of lights. If there is one occasion, which is all joy and jubilation for one and all, it is Diwali.

Origin

There are five origins to the celebrations of this auspicious day:

  • Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after his victory over Ravan in Lanka
  • Lord Krishna vanquished Narkaasur, releasing people from misery
  • Lord Pruthu extracted goodness from the earth
  • During the Samudra Manthan, Lakshmiji emerged from the ocean
  • The Pandavs returned from their forest exile

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20 October 2005 – Diwali Message from Tony Blair

October 20, 2005 |

10 Downing Street London SW1A 2AA

 

 

I am pleased to send my best wishes to the Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities in Britain who are celebrating the festival of Diwali.

Diwali, the festival of Lights, is observed right … Read More